1994 Nissan 180SX Fastback
Stock Number: 4785
The S13 has been long known as the swiss army knife of coupes. It doesn't matter what you're looking for, this chassis can do it all, and well at that. Stanced out show car, drift missile, autocross car, or daily driver, take your pick. Our 1994 series two-car is a great mix of sporty yet not too extreme for daily duty. This one was built more with the track in mind be it drifting or autocross this one has a great deal of work to give you a leg up over the competition. For starters, this one has had the full aero treatment. Not only a full BN Sports kit, but the vented front fenders and rear overs to make this 180 a bit curvier than it started out. An FRP vented hood allows for excess heat to make its way out of the engine bay while keeping a bit of a factory look. The widened track is a subtle touch that you don't initially notice until you actually get up on it, unlike the more common bolt-on flairs we see these days. It looks safe to say that the entire car was reshot in the factory Super White (326) when the aero was added since there are few blemishes to note altogether and the paint match is pretty spot on. A set of matching white 17" Enkei Circlaz play off the bodywork well and gives a bit of an OEM+ vibe. The smoked out rear lights also keeps with the black and white theme that's going on.
The interior has seen quite a few additions, and reductions, over the years. The driver's seat was replaced with a killer Bride Lo Max fixed back bucket which makes sure you're not going anywhere when you throw it into a turn. Normally we expect to see some bolster wear/tear along the top edge from climbing in and out over the years but this one looks nearly new. The stock passenger seat is in great shape as well, then again they never quite see the same level of use as the driver's seat does. The stock seat is plenty comfortable and still offers a good bit of support. The back seats on the other hand, well, they've been repurposed. Instead, a full Cusco bolt-in cage takes its place. Surprisingly the cage really isn't all that intrusive since it goes around the dash instead of through it. Because of that, a Chevron dash mat was able to be fitted to clean up the interior a bit since like every S chassis, it has the traditional dash cracks. The fact the back half of the car has been gutted, it's naturally a bit more noisy than usual so it may not be the number one choice for a 10-hour road trip. More importantly, when you're in the driver's seat looking ahead there are quite a few nice additions, all of which serve a function. Quite a few electronic goodies have made their way into the cockpit. A Greddy PRofec B-specII allows for on the fly boost adjustments, which can be monitored by the old school mechanical HKS gauge up atop the gauge cluster. Engine management is controlled via an A'PEXi Power FC. Near the passenger side of the center console is the FC Commander to give you on the fly control of your settings, however, the controller itself is currently blank. Luckily the Commander is a separate piece so it has no impact on the current tune and can always simply be replaced since it's simply a plug-in addition. As with most cars from this era it has a Blitz turbo timer as well tucked neatly against the trans tunnel. In the middle of all this is a deep dish three-spoke wheel that really helps you keep a good leg to arm balance since the Bride doesn't have your typical tilt adjustments. The billet shift knob feels perfect in the hand and is incredibly crisp thanks to an aftermarket short-throw shifter. While this one is more track-prepped that doesn't mean you still can't have all your basic luxuries. It does still have its automatic digital climate control, power-folding mirrors, and power locks, along with a newer Kenwood radio that has a few auxiliary hookups so you can stream your phone through.
Under that vented hood is where things begin to get spicy. Unlike every USDM 240SX, the forbidden fruit that is the SR20DET comes straight from the factory. In stock trim these are no slouch, but with a few aftermarket goodies this motor takes on a whole new light; especially with a mere 53K verified miles. While we don't know the full extent of internal work it certainly has quite a few expensive bolt-ons. Tomei was turned to for a bulk of the main pieces like the tubular header, turbo, wastegate, and rocker arms, none of which are particularly cheap. The head gasket was also replaced with a beefier metal one from A'PEXi. To ensure that Tomei turbo is never short on fresh air a massive HPI front mount intercooler was fitted and really completes the look of the front end. Neatly tucked in behind that is an HPI upgraded oil cooler and filter relocation for good measure. The Blitz aluminum suction kit looks right at home tucked under the charge piping and really lets the turbo sing when you're in boost. As you would expect, with everything done under the hood you've got to fit it with a proper exhaust. A full turbo back high flow unit was fitted with simply a muffler at the end, so this one really screams under load. With all of the power adders, you naturally need a suspension that can keep up. Blitz remote reservoir coilovers with Swift spring upgrades sit on all four corners. These are leaps and bounds better than what came from the factory, however, the ride inherently becomes a bit stiffer. The factory front knuckles were modified for extra angle upon entry. In the back the upper control arms and traction cars were upgraded with full adjustable Cusco pieces to help dial in your particular driving style. The motor and trans mounts were also upgraded to stiffer poly units to cut down on flex, though in turn does mean the NVH is a bit more noticeable in the cabin. You've also got Cusco strut tower braces both front and rear along with the hatch stabilizer for even further chassis rigidity. Once the SR warms up with everything working in harmony this car really is a beast on the streets. The 5 speed has no issues putting the power to the ground through a Nismo 2 way LSD. If you've never experienced a car with a proper LSD it can catch you a bit off guard as they're a bit chunky at low-speed turns. It's clear that this car was built with a purpose since they didn't skimp out when it came to putting in proper parts that all work fantastic together. It came in needing little work to get it back up to top shape; a new set of belts and a routine oil change has this one ready to rip. Its lines have never gone out of style, the motor has become a legend, and drive backs it all up; the S13 truly has stood the test of time as a proper Japanese Classic.
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