1991 Nissan Silvia S13
The Nissan Silvia is quickly becoming one of the most sought after exports. Known for its chuckable chassis, zingy four cylinders, and rear-drive layout, the S13 is already a classic. This 1991 is a special example and is being retailed with only 91K verified miles on the body. Finished in (KH3) Super Black, and featuring rare OEM rainguards and factory projection headlamps, the coupe exudes an understated classiness. The body is in good shape, other than the normal dings, scuffs, and chips associated with daily use. The paint has been brought back nicely, although some of the factory luster has faded on the hood and roof. Recently serviced, and up to date on maintenance, this manual transmission-equipped Silvia offers inexpensive entry to the JDM market. Readily available aftermarket parts and a heavy stateside popularity, ensure that this S13 will only continue to appreciate in value.
The S13 was never designed to be laden with features and tech; it is a true driver's car. The interior has been described as low frills, but don't confuse that with being low cost. Sure this Silvia does have a minor dash crack as nearly everyone we import, but as a whole, the material quality is decent. The seats and door cars, both wrapped in a thatched gray cloth are still in fine condition. Devoid of any major tears, and holes, they feel somewhat soft to the touch and are more durable than many offerings by competitors of the era. While the bolstering isn't aggressive its definitely supportive, and longer cruises can be accomplished without discomfort. The rear buckets hardly look used and provide a little extra space for a couple of friends if they need a ride. The headliner is still tight and lacks any holes or staining. The power windows and locks function as they should, and all the remaining switchgear is at hand. The gauges work well, and nighttime illumination is sufficient inside the cabin. Outside, the projection headlamps give the driver a more focused beam, and the catchy amber JDM fog lamps provide more assistance for low visibility situations.
Mounted somewhat far back under the bonnet, Nissans ever-reliable SR20DE sits, longitudinally-mounted to power the rear wheels. The 1998cc mill fires up quickly care of a new 12V battery and settles into a consistent idle. While not as powerful as its turbocharged brethren, this four-cylinder sump manages to briskly get the lightweight chassis yup to freeway speeds. It notably delivers better fuel economy than the DET, while creating less heat with fewer parts. An oil and filter service ensure that the SR stays happy for another five thousand maintenance-free km's. The five-speed manual gearbox is satisfying to row and makes its way through all the gears without a hitch or hesitation. Steering and suspension are all factory, and while the ride isn't known for its low noise and vibration qualities, this particular car would make a satisfying daily driver. The platform takes larger bumps without a huge shuttler, unlike many of our lowered offerings, and the brakes feel confident reigning in the pavement on deceleration. Additional grip comes from four new all-season tires, mounted and balanced at all four corners by one of our trained technicians
Whether you're looking for a reliable and fun daily driver to commute in or an unmolested platform to modify, this could be the ticket. The S13 is a certain Japanese classic and delivers high marks for value, fun, and collectibility.
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