1986 Nissan 300ZX Turbo was delivered new to Hillcrest Engineering of California, who converted it into a race car for use in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk series. The car was driven to victory by Parnelli Jones in its debut event at Riverside International Raceway in April 1987 and would go on to compete at Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta, and Summit Point before being damaged in a collision and eventually refurbished in 2003. It won its class at the Amelia Island and Newport Coast Concours d’Elegance .
Rebuilt of the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 in 2016. A five-speed manual transmission linked to a limited-slip differential, and the car is finished in white with a #85 livery. Equipment includes a roll cage with door bars along with a fuel cell, an AM/FM cassette stereo, electric windows, 16” Ronal wheels, and a fixed-back driver’s seat with a harness.
The car was last on track in 2017 and is now offered with historical documentation, partial service records, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
The #85 livery it wore during the 1987 season of the IMSA Firestone Firehawk series. The driver’s door features Parnelli Jones’ signature, and exterior details include removable glass roof panels, a rear lip spoiler, pop-up headlights, and a roof-mounted antenna. Various scratches and paint chips are present, and areas of paint touch-up.
Ronal R9 16” wheels feature white centers with polished lips and are mounted with 225/50 Toyo Proxes RA1 tires. Braking is via four-wheel discs. Suspension modifications are said to include Koni adjustable shock absorbers, uprated springs, and adjustable front and rear sway bars.
Roll cage with door bars as well as a fixed-back driver’s seat with a Pyrotect harness and a blue fabric and vinyl-trimmed passenger’s seat with Turbo embroidery. Faded blue carpets line the floors, and additional appointments include a blue dashboard, two-tone door panels, a window net, an AM/FM cassette stereo, electric windows, and a fire extinguisher mounted in the passenger footwell.
A black leather-wrapped MOMO steering wheel sits ahead of a 145-mph speedometer, a tachometer, and displays for coolant temperature and fuel level. Two auxiliary gauges are found in the center stack, and two Stewart-Warner displays for coolant temperature and oil pressure are mounted to the right of the shifter. The five-digit odometer shows 23k miles, approximately 200 of which have been added during current ownership.
The turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 was initially assembled by Hillcrest Engineering and was rebuilt between 2015 and 2016 by TopTech of Oregon City, Oregon. Components used in the rebuild include JE pistons, Eagle connecting rods, and replacement camshafts. Additional equipment includes a Walbro 255-lph fuel pump and a Dynomax muffler.
I have extensive history file with all Nissan and previous ownership documents.
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