1993 Nissan S14 Silvia
Stock Number: 4508
Re-engineered and restyled of the 1993 model year, the Nissan Silvia S14 has begun making its way stateside for a bit over the past year now. Having the option between the classic S13 and the newly redesigned S14 has been great. Not everyone was quite as big on the boxy, angular, designs of the Skyline and Silvia of the past. The new design allowed for the car to be slightly wider and lower than the outgoing Silvia but with only a minimal jump in size. The lower/wider stance only helped to aid the already nimble chassis and now with improved looks. While keeping much of its stock look our most recent K's has a few tweaks to take it to the next level. The NavaN front bumper and side skirts keep the OEM styling while very subtly one-upping fellow Zenki owners. Upfront you have the painted carbon fiber vented hood to help cut down on underhood temps. While the paint on the car is overall in good condition, the hood certainly has imperfections. You can spot the weave of the carbon beneath the paint when you catch the right lighting, and it also has some bubbling in the paint. It frankly looks like the hood wasn't properly prepped prior to painting. On the bright side at least the Blue Emerald Green (FN2) color match was pretty good which is often an issue with different material body panels. Outback you've got a set of overfenders to make sure that the 18" black and chrome polished lip wheels tuck in nicely without any issues. The FRP fenders match up pretty smoothly with the body lines, however, there are some small cracks in the paint along the edges where it flexes some to meet the body. All these issues are pretty minor as they couldn't be picked up in the photos. The body itself is in pretty good shape with only a few typical door dings like any 27 year old vehicle will have amassed.
Hopping into the driver's seat showcases the refined interior which is a nice change of pace from the previous generation. The striped seats are in pretty good shape and offer great support for the driver and copilot. There is some sun discoloration between them but the bigger issues like bolster degradation and tears have been kept at bay. Generally speaking, the entire interior has been well preserved, from the carpeting and door panels to the headliner. There are a few smaller holes in the driver's side A-pillar, presumably from a previously mounted gauge based on the dash. It's quite obvious that the Z.S.S. gauges mounted below the passenger airbag were not originally a factory option. The gauges themselves are not currently powered but at least make for a nice starting point for someone down the road. Otherwise, the dash is free of any cracks or peeling which the S13 was so prone to. A much sportier Momo Race wheel was fitted in place of the clunky factory one and looks right at home. The white face gauges peering behind it are aftermarket which means the mileage has not been verified. Due to the vehicle speed sensor design on the 6 speed, the speedometer is no longer operational which means the odometer is no longer counting as well. Naturally, these were fitted with your power windows, folding mirrors, door locks, and automatic climate control.
The SR20DET was redesigned for the S14, featuring a larger T28 turbo and VCT for the first time. This example has been lightly modified to back up the more aggressive looks. An HPI intake makes for all the right noises you expect from a turbo car. A gorgeous Greddy front mount intercooler properly fills the NavaN bumper and ensures plenty of fresh charged air. An HKS Silent Power high flow catback exhaust helps things flow easier along with giving the SR its signature sound. It's almost a crime to keep one of these with the stock exhaust. Boost has been left stock but only one drive in this Silvia will instantly put a smile on your face. Not only does it sound great but it drives excellent as the acceleration is surprisingly quick when you get on it. Part of that is thanks to the upgraded 6 speed S15 trans. It was still several more years before those were a factory option so this is pretty special to come across. The clutch feels pretty strong and may be upgraded, but it's nothing too aggressive for normal driving like a twin plate setup. The suspension has also seen a bit of a refresh with a set of adjustable coilovers to dial in the ride height and help with the handling. Also to help out in the handling department the battery has been relocated to the trunk as well as replaced once it got here. To wrap up on the service side we replaced the front outer tie rods and did an oil change to ensure that everything is turn-key. Whether you're looking for a slick new daily or a weekend toy you can't go wrong with a properly modded Silvia. After all, the S chassis is the best chassis!
*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.