1993 Nissan Sileighty

Sold: $12,495

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Stock Number: 4407

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. Finished in Nissans Pearl White (WK0) the body features a front end grafted on from the Silvia and is in good shape other than some small dings, dents, and scuffs associated with normal use. Not only does it have the Silvia front end, but its also sporting a Bomex style front bumper giving it an even more aggressive look. Type-X side skirts flow into a particularly unique rear bumper. Offered with only 68K miles, this striking hatchback benefits from a slate of recent maintenance items at a price point that can't be ignored.

Never known for its luxury appointments or quality materials, the S13 interior is straightforward and bare bones. Surprisingly, digital climate control was standard, as were power windows, locks, and power-folding mirrors. Projection headlamps do a decent job of focusing light on the road ahead at night, and the skinny A-pillars aide visibility further. The driving position is low and central in the cockpit, and the driver gets an aggressively bolstered black Recaro bucket to get comfy in. The gray thatched cloth on the passenger bucket and rear bench are in above average shape. They are still soft to the touch and devoid of any major rips, tears, or stains. The headliner is remarkable clean, and the carpets and door cards are nicer than most 180SX's we retail. The OEM audio is functional, although one of the buttons does have a crack. The dash has some light cracks by the gauge cluster area but overall is less severe than most S13s we see stateside. The trunk carpet is still in place, and the cargo area is noticeably larger than the Silvia coupe. Its clear the Japanese owner cared for this car, as evident by the owner's manuals and service records left in the glovebox. We have kept these for the sake of originality, and so that one practice reading Japanese!

Like Nissan, we will keep the mechanical overview simple. Lightweight and peppy, the SR20DET is a prolific motor. Its following is so devoted because its parts are readily available, easy to find, and inexpensive. Thanks to a new 12V battery, the SR cranks eagerly over and sets into a burbly idle. The engine, which has had a fresh oil and filter change, needn't have a scheduled service for another five thousand kilometers. Acceleration is decent, and especially punchy at the top of the powerband. The gearing is adequate for US interstate speeds, and the five-speed shifts without any grinding or clunking. The suspension features a set of adjustable dampers giving the owner some adjustment on the ride quality that you desire. Cornering is flat, and the chassis seems well sorted and responsive. 17" bronze Enkei Circles GTA wheels are wrapped in new all-season rubber at all four corners, ensuring premium grip and safety when behind the wheel.

As a weekend warrior, drift missile, or daily driver, the S13 can be adapted to suit anyone's needs. The classic styling, incredible driving dynamics, and massive aftermarket make this a bonafide 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.

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