1988 Silvia Q’s
Stock Number: 4241
The clean styling, rewarding drive, and top tier engineering are all synonymous with the S13. Any chassis that is produced for nearly a decade must be good, and today's market values reflect that. This 1988 Q's is finished in perhaps the rarest and desirable hues, two-tone green over gray (5G7), and is in good shape. Other than the routine little door dings, and scratches associated with normal use, the body is straight and the clear coat is still lustrous. Offered with only 48K verified miles, and utilizing a manual transmission, CA18DE four-banger power plant delivers decent fuel economy and is known for its durability. What this coupe lacks in raw horsepower it makes up in curb appeal and chassis feel, and for that reason, is a true Japanese classic.
With so few miles, it's not surprising that the interior is in above average condition. Sure there is some age-related wear in the form of a small dash crack, and some drivers side carpet wear, but as a whole, it is wonderfully intact. From the time one enters the cabin, it is abundantly clear that Nissan had no interest in weighing down the chassis with convenience options. The basics were fine, and the S13 features an adjustable column, power locks, and power windows. Rarely functional, the Q's also features factory folding mirrors, which helps to give cyclists a few more inches of clearance when you're parked in the city. Skinny A-pillars aid visibility and the plastics lining the cockpit are in above average condition. Utilizing its factory dual projectors, it should be noted that Silvias are able to illuminate the road surfaces better than most cars of the era. The seats are super comfortable, trimmed in a soft gray cloth. The bolstering hasn't distorted, and they are devoid of any major imperfections. Comfortable for long cruises, we feel its almost a shame to replace them with something like a fixed bucket. The headliner and door cards are in better shape than most cars half its age, and the trunk's carpet trim is still in place. An updated JVC head unit has been added t some point to improve the audio; it functions and powers the speakers so you can pipe in the tunes if you wish.
As the saying goes, the S chassis is the best chassis! If anything, this vehicle is a prime example that you don't need outrageous horsepower to have fun. The CA18DE four-pot engine fires up every time, care of a new 12V battery. A new set of serpentine belts have been installed, replacing the old and cracked ones. Known for its reliability, the CA is only 1.8L, but provides enough power to accelerate up to, and above, US freeway speeds with ease. Fresh plugs and an oil and filter service keep the 1809cc mill chugging maintenance free for another three thousand miles. Without turbocharging, this powerplant faces less extreme temperatures and has fewer components that can fail. Once fired, the four-cylinder settles into a constant idle. A throatier bark emits out the tailpipe, as a full exhaust has been installed at some point before the car arrived in the US. A stainless Fujitsubo header feeds a polished HKS exhaust, which not only looks good but uncorks a few more ponies. Power is sent rearward through a five-speed manual transmission, and rowing gears is plenty of fun in this Nissan. Adjustable dampers, which seem to be in great condition, lower the ride height and center of gravity. Handling is firm and flat, and the car has plenty of grip. New upper control arms complete the sorting of the suspension and allow for a more communicative and stable drive. A Juran Strut brace ties together the front, and new Enkei Compe pewter alloys have four new tires mounted at each corner of the Silvia.
Clean, two-tone Silvias are becoming impossible to find. Featuring a rare color combination, and low, verified miles, this car could crash $20K in a few short years. Whether you see this car as a collectible or a unique daily driver, it is most certainly a Japanese Classic.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.