1993 Nissan 180SX
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 two liter engine and manual gearbox made this car iconic. This particular 1993 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.) Featuring tinted lenses/markers and 15" SSR Super Mesh on 4 new tires; this pairing is a highly desirable combo that delivers a timeless look. The paint is in good condition with a deep luster, however has some wayvyness on the rear hatch assembly below where the OEM wing was located. Presumably when the wing was removed the hatch was resprayed. Overall the body has been well maintained over the years and is very straight, free of any severe issues. Like any 26 year old car this one does have some door dings that could benefit from some PDR, specifically the driver's rear quarter.
The cockpit of this 1993 model, is full of upgrades. The original seats have been replaced with S15 grey cloth buckets. Their bolstering is premium and the fabric is in good shape, 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 Yashio Factory water temp gauge keeps an eye on the cooling system, 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, a custom Shevron cover has been affixed and features all the vent and defrost holes. The steering is light, and communicative and feedback comes through a smaller diameter, Momo 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 center console is wrapped in a faux carbon applique, and contrasts against a white Nismo shift knob. Behind the front seats, a Cusco strut tower brace has been fashioned to make the rear more rigid as the rear seats have been removed.
Pop the hood and you'll find the iconic SR20DET. The Aluminum 2.0 liter has become an icon in the S Chassis world. Unlike all of the USDM models that have to undergo a transplant, the JDM spec vehicles came from the factory with the proper motor choice. With only 86K verified miles the two liter 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. Produced by Kakimoto, Regu R pipes really uncorks this little 1998cc mill, while remaining livable for daily driving. Aided by a Apex'i cone intake, this hatchback can really scoot. The 5 speed shifts with ease and the clutch is very forgiving, it is communicative and nicely gated. The ride is firmer than stock, but the Tanabe CST Zero-1 Adjustable dampers do a great job of keeping the car flat in the corners, and reduce wheel gap. Further stiffening the platform is a Cusco front bar as well.
Between the stylish good looks and rewarding drive, its tough to match the s13 value equation. With clean, good running examples becoming more difficult to find every day, this 180sx is the perfect turn-key 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.