1988 Nissan Silvia S13 Q’s
Pending Sale: $14,995
Stock Number: 4894
As most S-Chassis enthusiasts will tell you, clean examples are getting impossible to find, and prices are getting ridiculous. The Nissan Silvia is the type of sports coupe that a purist can really appreciate. The clean crisp lines and traditional rear-drive proportions have aged well over the past three decades. Touting balanced handling, brisk acceleration, and a well-laid-out interior, this 1988 S13 still embodies those traits. If finding a clean, all OEM 33-year-old car wasn't enough this one is finished in one of the most desirable color combos to ever roll off the assembly line. Silver Green Pearl Metallic (FG0) over Dark Gray Metallic (463) gives you the iconic 5G7 color combo. The lighting in the photo booth really doesn't do this car justice. The shade of green is a very subtle hue that you can't take your eyes off of that really pops out in the sunlight. The dark gray does a good job of grounding the car and really is the finishing touch. The paint shows particularly well with no real blemishes to note. The same can be said about the body barring some typical little things like door dings and some clear coat scratches.
Nissan's simple interior design allows those behind the wheel to focus on what matters most, the driving dynamic. Nissan's interior design for the S13 was spartan but did feature some creature comforts. Power windows and locks were included from the factory. While Nissan was trying out some cutting-edge new technology (for the time) not everything has stood the test of time. For instance, the digital speedometer and heads-up display are no longer operational. We've had quite a few cars come in with the HUD and none of them are ever still functional, but on the bright side if you ever have to replace the windshield it's far cheaper to get one without the HUD window. The radio is also not powered, though even if it was it would only have limited use here stateside so most look to replace those anyway. Those familiar with the S chassis know that these dashes are notorious for cracking over time and this one is no different. A Shevron dash mat does a nice job of tidying up the interior and helps to cut down on it getting worse over time. The seats on the other hand are in great shape which isn't something we get to say too often. The driver's side has been spared from the typical bolster wear and the passenger seat is even better. Per usual the back seats look like they've hard ever been used since nobody wants to cram back there in the first place. The door panels have held up well as they have a tendency to delaminate over time. Even the rear plastics are still in great shape. The power windows are a great touch for the spring weather on the horizon but when it's just too hot out the automatic climate control has your back. The A/C works and is one simple system to use.
The S-Chassis has always been known for its communicative, and responsive nature. Being such an early production model you find the CA18DE tucked neatly underneath the bonnet. If anything, this vehicle is a prime example that you don't need outrageous horsepower to have fun. The CA four-pot engine fires up quickly, care of a new 12V battery and a fresh set of plugs. While the CA is only 1.8L it provides more than enough power to accelerate up to, and above, US freeway speeds with ease. Without turbocharger, this powerplant faces less extreme temperatures and subsequently fewer components that can fail down the road. A fresh air filter also helps it breathe a bit easier. Mated up to the only proper choice, a 5-speed manual lets you get the most out of the 4 cylinder. We did a bit of an overhaul on the trans to make sure it's shifting as smooth as ever. We did a trans and diff fluid flush along with a new slave cylinder. Thanks to four new tires the power is easily put to the ground and help kick the handling up a notch. The stock suspension is plenty capable of tackling your morning commute as well as backroads on the weekend. Since these are mechanically the same as the 240 that we got you've got no shortage of aftermarket options available if you really want to get aggressive. While the cluster reads 14K miles those were not verified prior to leaving Japan. On the initial test drive, we realized the odometer isn't registering so that explains why the miles couldn't be verified. Another common issue with R32s and S13s is the metal gas tanks getting funky over time so we've gone ahead and pulled the tank and had it refinished that way you won't have to worry about that issue again. Since we had the tank out we went ahead and overhauled the fuel system while we were in there so it's got a new fuel pump, sock, and filter. Clean, two-tone Silvias are becoming impossible to find. This one would make an ideal platform for a classy build or just a weekend showpiece. Whether you see this car as a collectible or a unique daily driver, there's no denying the fact this is a bonafide Japanese Classic.
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