1993 Nissan Silvia
The S13 Silvia is lightweight, tactile, and a blast to drive. This 1993 example is offered with a slew of cosmetic and performance upgrades and boasts 109k verified miles on the chassis, although the engine mileage is unknown. The exterior has been refinished from its original red to a sleek Tuxedo Black and the body is in good shape other than some scuffs, dings, and scratches associated with normal use. Admittedly the FRP aero doesn't fit as well as OEM, but the trade-off in aggressive aesthetic is worth it. Recently serviced and legally imported this coupe would make a great toy to rip off some skids in or even to put away for a weekend cruise. However you use it, this collectible, fun, and sporty Silvia is a bonafide Japanese Classic.
We all know the S13 wasn't a luxury car and Nissan chose not to use the most premium of materials. This one has held up well over the years but does suffer from some typical condition issues. The dash is cracked, although it's been covered with a custom dash mat. A Personal steering wheel looks fantastic and updates the cabin well. The head unit is also missing but that's an easy enough fix. The grays cloth seats are in good shape and the driver's side unit was replaced with a reclinable unbranded red bucket. It's well-bolstered and provides plenty of support. The power windows, locks, and even the power folding mirrors are currently operational and this Silvia even includes the factory manuals in the glove box. The a/c does blow cold for now, and the desirable digital automatic climate system is simple to operate, and functioning properly.
As Nissan performance gurus will tell you, the SR20DET is the go-to motor for the S13. Revvy, tunable and simple in its design, this car was originally powered by a naturally aspirated version, the SR20DE. Replacing it is the SR20DET which also came factory in the S13 Silvia and is the hotshot power plant and this one is fresh off an oil and filter service. It cranks over promptly thanks to a new 12v battery and sets into a confident idle with a set of new plugs. A Blitz intake and aftermarket exhaust complement each other nicely and add a few HP as well. Our techs have installed a new aluminum radiator to keep the SR cool and an overflow tank as well. Acceleration is impressive and the Silvia easily merges at up to highway speeds. A five-speed manual was installed in lieu of the factory-equipped automatic that was previously paired to the N/A engine. The manual transmission does have a hitch in third gear but is otherwise fine and is geared properly for US interstate speeds. Coilovers assist in handling and reduce the fender gap to give this Silvia the right stance. The car corners flatly and brakes properly. Our techs bled the brakes to increase the pedal feel and the wheels are all wrapped in new Falken rubber. These tires should last for tens of thousands of miles to come and provide true all-season grip.
*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.