1993 Nissan Silvia Q’s
The Nissan Silvia is a balanced and affordable sports car with knife-edge reflexes. This 1993 Q's model is finished in a stunning (KH3) Super Black and comes with a true five-speed manual gearbox. Aside from some small dings and chips, the body is in good shape and the paint is lustrous. The body is in great shape showing no major damage as well but has had a previous front end repair during its time in Japan which has been done professionally and everything fits as it should. The stylish exterior, simple mechanicals, and wide availability of performance and maintenance parts make this an easy import to own and daily drive. Fresh off a recent service, this fun overachiever of a chassis would make a killer daily or weekend toy and is highly collectible to boot!
The cabin is simple in its design and works well for those looking to daily drive. Functional power amenities include power folding side-view mirrors, power locks, and power windows. Its commonplace knowledge that Nissan didn't use the most premium interior materials on the S-chassis, and this one does suffer from a cracked dash and heavy wear on the leather shift boot and steering wheel. Still, at twenty-five years old there is to be some expected wear and the rest of the cabin is in good overall shape. The automatic digital climate control is both desirable and functional, however, the A/C is currently not blowing cold and will need to be repaired. The seats are upholstered with a blue and gray tiger stripe cloth. There is some fading but they lack any major imperfections such as rips, stains, or tears however there is some bolster wear on the driver's side along with a hole in the seat bottom and are supportive on long cruises. The SR provides a decent soundtrack but if you'd prefer some tunes the aftermarket Carrozzeria head unit is functional if you still own CD's. Additionally, this example has fewer squeaks and rattles than your average S14. The carpets are in good shape as is the headliner. The door cards have no visible damage but the armrest on the driver door panel does have the typical sag that Silvia's are prone to. Overall a very original interior, even the OEM owner's manual is still in the glovebox!
The near 50/50 weight balance makes for a balanced and lively chassis when driving spiritedly. As any experienced racer will tell you it's easy to go fast in a straight line, and this Q's isn't going to set any quarter-mile records. The SR20DE engine does, however, have plenty of power to propel this featherweight up to highway speeds and breaths nicely thanks to a new engine air filter. Merging never seems to be an issue, and the 2.0L is fresh off an oil and filter serviced and turns over with the twist of the key. A newly installed 12v battery should last for the next four to five years and last through the coldest of winter snaps. The engine is mated to a slick-shifting five-speed manual gearbox. The powerband is linear and the drivetrain feels fresh, additionally, this vehicle has had a gauge cluster swap at some point in the past, so the actual mileage is unknown/unverified. Power is sent to the rear wheels as it should be, and the driveline benefits from a rear differential service, and a new right rear HICAS arm. Additionally, this engine does have the typical SR20 VTC rattle, which we wanted to note. The brakes are nearly as good as the handling and our trained techs have installed a set of new rear brake pads as well. The factory alloys are all wrapped in new all-season rubber at all four corners. They quiet the ride down nicely and should last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*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.