1993 Nissan Sileighty Conversion
Stock Number: 4723
Nissan S13 is highly regarded as one of the most affordable and fun sports cars ever to be designed. Over a decade long production run, the simple formula of a communicative chassis, zingy turbo four-banger, and manual transmission was kept the same. Updated iterations, like this 1993, benefited from the upgraded SR20DET, instead of the more anemic and more difficult to tune CA18DET they originally started out with. Sileighty (or Sil80 to some) originated through early street racers in Japan who owned Nissan 180SX with damaged front ends. Because the front panels and the Silvia headlights were lighter and cheaper than 180SX replacement parts, many drifters used these parts. Eventually, that trend caught on since it blended the best of both models into one truly unique version. Aside from the obvious, the exterior has been kept relatively stock looking. While originally Dark Blue Pearl (TH1) it's since undergone a full-color swap to Impact Blue. The color most certainly sticks out in a parking lot which is what most of us are looking for when we purchase a wild, one-off, JDM ride. It seems safe to assume that the color swap was done when the front end was changed as everything matches particularly well. The paint itself looks fantastic and is free of any typical issues like stone chips or bumper chips/cracks. The stock foam wing has been replaced with the more iconic style Wangan style wing which really kicks up the rear profile. With such a pronounced front end you need something outback to kick it up a notch. The same goes for the wheels; the stock ones leave a bit to be desired, to say the least. 15" Watanabe's give the Sileighty a more aggressive look while keeping with the quintessential JDM look. With Tein coilovers on all four corners, it helps to drop the ride height a bit without impacting day to day use.
The interior has been kept largely stock, however, a few key pieces have been upgraded. The biggest upgrade comes by way of the Recaro driver's seat. Similar to the stock upgraded pieces used in the Supra and Hilux it keeps an OEM feel while offering a good deal more support than the stock seats do. The seat itself is in fantastic shape for its age with no signs of the typical bolster wear or stains while still being comfortable enough to handle your daily commute. The black and gray two-tone matches the stock interior quite well which keeps it from looking too out of place. The passenger seat is in great shape, and the back seats are only better. Per usual with most coupes, the back seats never really see any use since there aren't many people who want to squeeze back there in the first place. A far sportier Momo race wheel replaces the factory one along with a matching Nismo shift knob. As with most all S chassis, the dash does have a few cracks along the top of the gauge cluster which is why it has a Chevron dash mat to try and clean things up a bit. Mounted atop the dash is a mechanical Greddy boost gauge since they didn't come with one from the factory. A new Kenwood radio was installed, and much to our surprise actually goes up to 98FM which is quite rare out of Japan. Most only go to 90FM which means you actually have a bit more use here stateside, along with its USB input upfront. Since having already been replaced it makes swapping in something more current far easier that way you can have things like Bluetooth and Carplay. Of course, it still has all of the factory power accessories like the windows, mirrors, and automatic climate control. The climate control system is a bit sticky so you do have to put some effort behind the buttons, but it does still operate as it should.
Under the hood is the only proper motor for the S chassis, the SR20DET. Mated to a 5-speed manual makes it the ideal setup. The aluminum two-liter fires right up and has a surprisingly docile note through it's Kakimoto exhaust. On the other hand, once you put you put your foot into it that all changes. The SR makes itself known while at the same time not driving you crazy at highway speeds. The motor pulls strong to redline and the turbo is quick to spool. An HKS intake was fitted in order to breathe a bit easier along with giving you all the fun turbo noises we've grown to know and love. The 5-speed transmission shifts well with no grinds and shows no signs of clutch slippage. Once touching down here our trained technicians have given the 180 a little refresh to get it ready for its new owner. Several routine wear items have been replaced; a new air filter, a fresh battery, along with a routine oil and filter change. With a mere 111K verified miles this one is only just getting broken in. Now that it's back up to standards with mechanical and safety this unique S13 is ready to tear it up. The suspension is very well sorted and the power delivery is exceptional, there's no wonder why these are herald as one of the best driving cars out there. As a weekend warrior, drift missile, or daily driver, the S13 can be adapted to suit anyone's needs. With its incredibly unique styling, spectacular driving dynamics, and massive aftermarket support you'll be hard-pressed to find a more bonafide Japanese Classic than this Sileighty.
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