1993 Nissan S13 180
A clean S Chassis is one of the best driver's cars on the road still to this day. It's lightweight chassis offers superb feedback while still retaining it's day to day comfort. While this car has undergone some customization over it's stock form, it's been brought to a level that you can drive it to work during the week and turn around and wring it out at the local auto cross on Saturday. There's no arguing that Nissan's S chassis is one of the most versatile platforms out there. Which also explains why we get request for them every day. Our '93 comes in with a mostly stock body with a few choice upgrades. The most noticeable change is the full color swap. Originally our 180 started off in Pearl White (WK0) but has since be fully swapped to a gorgeous tropical blue metallic. While we're not unaccustomed to color swapped vehicles, most are not taken the the level that this S13 was. The full bay, all of the jambs, and underneath all of the panels were painted; the way it's supposed to be done. The only hint that the car was originally white comes when you remove the trunk lining to expose the original sheet metal. The paint shows well however it was not not designed to be a show car. There are some body imperfections that were painted over along with some bubbles in the paint; however if you're standing 3 feet away you wouldn't notice most any of this. Really making it the best of both worlds, a great looking car that you can drive and not be terrified if you get caught out in the rain or to leave it in the grocery store parking lot. Barring a routine door ding or two the body itself looks great. The OEM lines of the 180 really need no help, so for the most part the exterior has been left alone. A set of 15" 6 spoke wheels do add a bit of flair over the factory ones.
The cockpit of this hatchback model is in good shape overall, and has a couple of small changes from the factory. The original seats have been retained, and their contrasting gray cloth and black trim stands out nicely against the blue body.The seats are generally good however there is some general wear to the driver's seat. The passenger and rear seats look great, and all of them have been spared from any severe stains or rips. As most familiar with the S chassis know, the dash is notoriously prone to cracking. While we can't call this one perfect, it's a heck of a lot better than most we see. There is a thin crack atop the gauge cluster hood, luckily due to the location you really have to be looking for it to even notice. Attached to the A-Pillar is an A'pexi boost gauge in order to properly monitor in real time. While the automatic climate control and A/C are both functioning, one vent has been removed. The passenger center vent is now home to a Greddy Profec and Turbo Timer. Due to the location is has a rather minor affect on the A/C's ability to cool down the cabin. The driver controls are all at arms reach, and the 180 has all of it's power accessories functioning like the power locks, folding powered mirrors, and windows.
Under the hood is what really sets this car apart from a typical US 240. Pop the hood and you'll find the iconic SR20DET. The Aluminum 2.0 liter has set the benchmark in the S Chassis world due to it's ability to make power. Starting off it's time here in America this 180 only has 55K verified miles on it, so it truly is only just getting broken in. With a quick turn of the key the 4 cylinder jumps to life with a deep rumble from the Fujitsubo axle back exhaust. For the most part our little S chassis has been kept largely stock mechanically. A HKS intake was fitted with makes all the right noises when you let off the throttle. Otherwise the only other change up comes by way of adjustable coilovers with Tein springs. The coilovers do help settle down the ride height a bit while providing a more stable drive when the road gets twisty with four new tires to assist with keeping the grip levels up. We also replaced the old serpentine belts and performed a routine oil and filter change to make sure this car is turn key road ready for it's new owner. The 5 speed shifts with ease and the clutch is very forgiving, it is communicative and nicely gated. 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 really is the quintessential 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.