1991 Nissan 180SX Type-X Aero
Pending Sale: $14,995
Stock Number: 4467
Nissan's infamous S13 has lamented itself as one of the most versatile cars on the road today. The S13 became such a cult classic that it remained in production all the way up until the introduction of the S15 in '99. The fact that Nissan could offer a new model and keep the old one in production with such demand really speaks volumes for just how good these were. The most popular design was the Type-X which didn't debut until mid '96, however, that doesn't mean you can't have your cake and eat it too. Our latest '91 with only 81K verified miles has undergone a nose swap for the late model Type-X bumper and looks killer, there's no wonder everyone is looking forward to the later generations. But they didn't stop there; Origin Labo style vented fenders, rear bumper, and 326 Power side skirts all complement the aggressive factory lines. The Charcoal Metallic (KG2) paint is a fantastic choice on this one, especially with the stark contrast of the D-Max vented carbon fiber hood. The paint shows particularly well as its safe to assume it was resprayed when all of the aero was added. There is some touchup paint on the driver's side headlight cover and fender, but nothing too crazy. To match the hood the rear hatch was wrapped in a carbon fiber vinyl which is a nice touch. It is evident that there was a wing-mounted at some point as you can see the outline of the original holes underneath the wrap. Also out back the rear fenders have been rolled and pulled for additional clearance for the 18" Work XT7s. HKS was turned to for ride height as the Hypermax coilovers get the car dialed down a bit and really help when the road gets twisty. The smoked euro style tail lights play off the gray and black color scheme, even if they're not quite everyone's cup of tea.
The original owner kept things going when you move into the cabin. The most notable change is the addition of a full Safety 21 cage. Obviously to fit all of that in the rear interior had to be removed which makes this less likely to be your daily driver. Unlike many bolt-in cages this one was rather well fitted as the dash bars we're very well integrated. Normally when something like this is added they hack up the dash in order to make space, these, on the other hand, were so well done when you're looking forward you can hardly even notice it was added. The other big shocker is the fact the dash itself is still in great condition, as those familiar with the S chassis know how prone these are to cracking over the years. Both seats have been upgraded since the stock ones offer little in the way of bolstering. The Bride adjustable is absolutely fantastic both in condition and comfort. The same can be said about the stock R33 passenger seat which is a nice upgrade while sticking with an OEM Nissan option. It even has an R33 shift knob which makes for a subtle upgrade and fits great in the hand. A deep dish OMP steering wheel replaces the clunky stock one and builds on the track orientated nature of the car. Behind the OMP wheel is an upgraded gauge cluster, however it is having some issue with intermittently not working. Mounted below the dash is the HKS EVC for better control over the boost levels running through the SR20. While these were relatively spartan on the interior it does still have some of your standard power accessories of the time. Power windows, mirrors, locks, and a digital climate control. Currently, we are working to get the A/C back operational for the upcoming months.
Under the hood is anything but a stock SR20DET that made these cars so a force to be reckoned with. Unlike all of the USDM models that have to undergo a transplant, the JDM spec car came from the factory with the proper motor. This particular one has had quite a few choice upgrades to back up the looks. After all, you need some bite to back up all the bark. HKS was called on for quite a few of the upgrades like the GT-RS turbo and oil cooler. To ensure the turbo is properly fed the MAF was upgraded to the larger Z32 one along with a giant HPI front mount intercooler. With all of the added airflow fuel needed to be bumped as well via a set of Nismo 550cc injectors. As for some additional safety and longevity precautions, an aluminum catch can was added along with an oil filter relocation in conjunction with quite a bit of additional heat shielding. Of course, the exhaust has been upgraded for a Fujitsubo high flow unit which gives the SR it's signature tone. With all the upgraded power, you can't forget the rest of the supporting cast of suspension and brakes. An S14 5 lug conversion was done along with R33 brakes were done to bring everything down in a hurry when you need to get on the brakes. Along with the HKS coilovers you also have a full set of Ikeya Formula upper and lower rear control arms which really helps beef up the rear end. As you would assume, with everything else that's been done the diff was upgraded to a two way LSD as well to better put all its power down. The SR starts right up and pulls hard. The turbo kicks in pretty low down in the RPM range and surges all the way to redline with vigor. Paired with a proper 5 speed makes it a real blast when the road gets twisty. All around this car has been well built to give you the best of all worlds. It feels right at home being the weekend toy on the backroads as it would on a proper track. The S chassis really is the king of versatility, so why not jump into one that's ready to rip right out of the box.
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