In 1995, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the original 1970 Datsun 240Z sports car, Nissan released the Steve Millen Edition Z32 300ZX. Limited numbers were built with the US receiving the twin turbo version and Australia receiving 40 of the non turbo version.
New Zealand born Steve Millen provided the inspiration for the Anniversary models. Millen has been globally racing at the professional level for over 30 years. From the early to mid 1990’s, Millen drove a twin turbo 300ZX for Clayton Cunningham Racing. In 1992 and 1994, he earned two IMSA GTS Driving Championships and two IMSA GTS Manufacturer’s Championships. In 1994, the Z32 race car achieved victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 hours of Sebring. In the same year, Millen also won the IMSA GTS class at the Le Mans 24 hour and finished 5th overall in the 800-horsepower No. 75 Nissan 300ZX twin turbo.
Steve also started Stillen, an aftermarket performance parts company specializing in Nissan vehicles in 1986. Nissan Australia built the 40 Anniversary versions using stock vehicles modified with a parts package supplied by Millen. For Australian delivered cars, this package included Stillen alloy wheels, an aggressive bodykit and 25th Anniversary badging. Power however remained the same as base model cars with the 3 Litre 24 Valve V6 producing 168kW of power and 271Nm of torque. Cars cost $88,300 brand new for a manual and $92,995 for an automatic, costing roughly $5,000 more than a base model Z32 300ZX.
A few years ago, I drove a standard manual 1995 Nissan Z32 300ZX and was very impressed with the cars balance and handling. With the aggressive bodykit on the Stillen edition, the car looks fast but unfortunately due to it weighing around the 1500kg mark and not having a great amount of power; it would struggle against modern day hot hatches in a straight line. The thing that impressed me the most however about the 300ZX was the steering feel and how composed the car was through both low and high speed corners.
If you are lucky enough to find an 25th Anniversary car, they are now a bargain in the $10,000-$15,000 bracket. It’s a lot of car for the money and with such few numbers built, surely has to be an appreciating classic.
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