Actor, producer, and all-round megastar Tom Cruise is known for his love of driving—partly thanks to his 1990 film Days of Thunder where he starred as NASCAR driver Cole Trickle, but mostly because he once set a blistering lap time around the Top Gear test track at the wheel of a brown Kia Cee’d.
But did you know that Cruise actually raced in SCCA competitions in the ’80s thanks to his The Color of Money costar Paul Newman?
See that Canon/Planters liveried Newman-Sharp Racing Nissan 300ZX above? That was Cruise’s actual car, and despite it living in a scrapyard for several years in the ’90s and early 2000s, it has now been restored to its former glory. Oh, and it just sold on US auction site BringATrailer for $102,200 (P5.845 million). Yikes.
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It’s no ordinary Z31-gen Nissan 300ZX of course, the 3.0-liter V6 has Jim Wolf Technologies camshafts, MSA headers and throttle body, and an HKS exhaust system. Then there’s Nismo anti-roll bars, Tokico springs and shocks, and bucket seats inside. Apparently, the odometer only reads around 8,000km, with 1,200 of those being added since its recent rebuild.
Period documents show that Cruise’s early racing career got off to a decent start in this car, with the actor passing his SCCA driving school test in 1987 and picking up three regional race wins at Sebring. In his first National level race, he finished fourth, and in his first season of racing he picked up a second, a third, and two fourth-place finishes.
Show me the money, eh?
More photos of Tom Cruise’s Nissan 300ZX race car:
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.