1990 Nissan 180SX RS13
The S13 chassis was the lightweight, chuck-able, yet resilient, darling of the Nissan lineup at the beginning of the 1990's. It's lightweight body, potent turbocharged 1800cc engine and manual gearbox made this car iconic. This particular 1990 has been kept largely stock with a few choice modifications. Like any classic sports car, enthusiasts will love that this example is finished in Super Black (KH3), making it highly desirable, and giving it a timeless look. The paint is in good condition with a deep luster, however but does have a few small blemishes. Overall the body has been well maintained over the years and is very straight, free of any severe issues. Like any 29 year old car this one does have some door dings and nicks, but overall is good enough to attract some eye balls at the local 'cars and coffee'.
The cockpit of this hatchback model is in good shape overall, and has a couple nice upgrades. The original seats have been retained, and contrast their gray cloth against the black bodywork and interior trim nicely. Their bolstering is premium and the fabric has help up well, sans a few small holes, and are supportive on long drives. The driver controls are all at arms reach, and the 180 has functioning power locks, folding powered mirrors, and windows. A Blitz Turbo gauge monitors positive pressures, and the OEM cluster functions as it should. Even the rear wiper works, providing a clear view of the road behind during wet weather drives. The headliner is in good shape, and although the car does have the typical cracked dash, it does feature a manual sunroof to open up the interior to some light. It vents or can be removed to allow for additional ventilation. The steering is light, and communicative and feedback comes through a smaller diameter, Personal steering wheel. The flip up headlights are operational and provide decent night time visibility. The door cards and front carpets are in fine shape. The rear seats hardly look like they have been used, completing the tour of the passenger cell.
Pop the hood and you'll find the iconic CA18DET. The 1.8 liter has become an icon in the S Chassis world. Unlike all of the USDM models that have to undergo a turbo transplant, the JDM spec vehicles came from the factory with the proper motor choice. With only 50K verified miles the inline four fires right up and sounds great. A new 12V battery ensures quick ignition on the coldest of mornings. The exhaust has a crisp tone at idle that really opens up when you put your foot down. The free flowing unit, produced by A'pexi, delivers a mellow bark while not droning or being offensively loud. Aided by a newly replaced HKS air filter element, this hatchback can really scoot and also delivers decent fuel economy. The 5 speed shifts with ease and the clutch is very forgiving, it is communicative and nicely gated. The ride quality isn't harsh like most s chassis vehicles, as the suspension is OEM and unmolested. New rubber around all four corners keeps the nimble two door balanced in wet weather, and has been mounted and balanced buy one of our expert technicians. To complete the vehicles mechanical reconditioning, new turbo and exhaust manifold gaskets have been replaced, and a new fuel filter has been installed. Designed a turn-key retail experience, the freshly maintained S13 is ready to attack the tarmac as soon as its purchased.
Between the stylish good looks and rewarding drive, its tough to match the S13's value. With clean, good running examples becoming more difficult to find every day, this 180sx is the perfect 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 Resource Board website.