1990 Nissan 180SX Pignose
The iconic S13 was a staple for the Nissan lineup for 9 years seeing several different variations. Our 1990 was an early model car showcasing what made this car such an instant classic. Whether a daily driver, track terror, or show car the S Chassis can do it all. With it's lightweight body and potent turbocharged engine it makes for a monstrous combination. The turbocharged CA18 is what gave the 180SX it's name (for it's 1.8L 4 banger.) The original front end on these were nicknamed the "pignose" for it's twin nostril design. In stock trim they were built to help direct air to the radiator, but in the modified world it makes for a killer setup for a front mount intercooler. On the lower passenger side is a built in duct for the factory side mount intercooler. The Red Pearl Metallic (AH3) paint is a fitting color for the sports coupe this was built to be. The paint shows exceptionally well, which a deep luster that really pops in the sunlight. The body is up to the same par, free of any notable dents or dings. All of the gaps line up as they should and makes for a very clean factory look. The rear wing on these are a high density foam. The wing is in great shape, however like all of them there is some waviness in the paint due to the material. With any car that's 29 years old there are some routine door dings, but nothing of concern. There's something to be said about clean, lightly modified, vehicles these days. With the rising popularity of the S13, and the impact of motor-sport on the dwindling supply of remaining vehicles, it's nearly impossible these days to find one that's been left untouched. With only 96K verified miles, you don't come across cars like this often in the US.
Like the body, the interior on this one has been left completely stock. All the way down to the original steering wheel. The interior shows particularly well, as these are known to having issues. The only real issue to note is the driver's side seat. As you can see from the pictures, the bolster has some wear to the fabric but is free of any tears or real break down. Since these are the stock seats it could easily be replaced with another factory one, or the more common approach of putting something in with better support. All of the seats and carpeting are free of any severe stains While the S chassis is known for dash cracks this one escaped largely issue free. There is a crack atop the gauge cluster, so it's largely out of eyesight. While not the digital climate control, it does have the automatic function that's so desirable. The A/C doesn't blow cold due to a bad compressor, but does have all the other components. At some point the passenger side view mirror was replaced with a manual one, while the driver's side is still powered.
Mechanically the CA18DET is a bulletproof little motor that starts quickly and idles properly. Revs are smooth and acceleration is confident. While the CA has a tendency to be overshadowed by the SR from the later models, don't sleep on it's power potential. The turbo spools quickly and pulls strong to redline. The 1.8 is surprisingly quick in stock form and has the potential to make so much more. Shifts through the 5 speed transmission are rewarding, lacking grinds or hitches and the clutch feels excellent. Engagement is smooth and rewarding when you really nail a proper heel toe. The front engine, RWD, chassis is incredibly light an responsive. To help with chassis reinforcement a Cusco strut tower brace was added. The suspension is incredibly capable, and in stock trim make for a great cruiser. Naturally you could easily swap it out in favor of something more sporty since it's all identical to the USDM 240sx. The same can be said about most all of the body panels and mechanical making these super capable daily driver's. The S chassis has only become more popular as the years go on. Don't miss a chance to jump onboard with a clean, unmolested chassis, like this one!
*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.