1994 Nissan 180SX Series 2 S13
Available for: $17,995
Stock Number: 4647
A clean S Chassis is one of the best driver's cars on the road still to this day. Its lightweight chassis offers superb feedback while still retaining it's day to day comfort. While this car has undergone some customization over its stock form, it's been brought to a level that you can drive it to work during the week and turn around and wring it out at the local autocross on Saturday. There's no arguing that Nissan's S chassis is one of the most versatile platforms out there. Which also explains why we get requests for them every day. It's rather obvious that our latest '94 didn't leave the factory with its full aero and one-off paint job. They did stick with the original Super White (326) for most of the body, the roof has been done in a one-off Midnight Purple Metallic. It seems safe to say that the car was resprayed when all of the aero was added, from the one-off carbon fiber vented hood to the full kit. The hood is a particularly trick piece as the edges were taped off to allow some of the carbon weave to show through letting you know this isn't some cheap fiberglass hood. The front bumper, skirts, and rear spats all flow nicely with the stock bodylines that Nissan originally penned. The paint shows rather well considering the aero is all FRP while the stock body is metal, we would normally expect to see some shade differentiation. It is evident that the respray may have been a bit rushed as there are some spots where the clear is a bit thin and others where there is some trash in the paint, like on the roof for instance. Standing a few feet away you'd never notice, but we wanted to make note of it. The body itself is in good shape and only has a few typical door dings that you'd expect to find on any 26 year old car. To add a bit of flash and better fill the wheel wells ACS was turned to for a set of polished 19" Euro Design Zeus Line wheels which make a huge difference over the stockers. Crucial H.M.C. Dampers were put on all four corners to get the car dialed down on the 19's and also helps to cut out excess body roll.
The interior is a bit tamer in comparison to the body. The cockpit of this hatchback model is in good shape overall and has a couple of small changes from the factory. Most notably the stock seat was ditched in favor of a far more supportive fixed back bucket. Unlike most of the seats like this the bolster has actually held up which is normally the first spot to go on these. This seat is on the more comfortable side as far as buckets go, but it may not be your first choice in seats for a cross country road trip. The original passenger seat was retained, and its contrasting gray cloth stands out nicely against the blue of the driver's seat. The back seat is in good shape, though there is a little bit of sun fading to the top of it. Those familiar with the S13 know that the dash and door cards are notorious for cracks and peeling. The dash on this one did fall victim to the typical dash cracks which is why the Chevron dash mat does a good job of tidying things up a bit. The door cards look great and don't show any signs of peeling or cracks which is a big plus. The carpeting and headliner are in the same shape, free of any notable stains or tears. The Momo Race wheel fits the vibe of the car particularly well and looks great. While two Defi gauges were added to the A-Pillar they are not currently powered. Mounted atop the defi controller is a Blitz Dual SBC to give you boost control on the fly. While the A/C is inoperable the rest of the power accessories are still working; power windows, locks, and mirrors.
Under the hood is what really sets this car apart from a typical US 240. Pop the hood and you'll find the iconic SR20DET. The Aluminum 2.0 liter has set the benchmark in the S Chassis world due to its ability to make power. Starting off its time here in America this 180 only has 92K verified miles on it, so it truly is only just getting broken in. With a quick turn of the key, the 4 cylinder jumps to life with a deep rumble from the one-off turbo-back exhaust. The turbo whistle is particularly pronounced thanks to the open intake fitted up to a Z32 MAF. The tubular manifold also helps to reduce the spool time on the turbo making the car particularly responsive. The 5-speed shifts with ease and the clutch is very forgiving, it is communicative and nicely gated. Having a third pedal is the only way to go in a car like this, it makes the entire driving experience so much more exciting. Power is sent outback with no issue and with its upgraded suspension bits, like the coilovers and front/rear strut tower braces, really make this car a blast out on backroads. Like all of our vehicles, the maintenance has been brought up to date. Fresh rubber all around, a new battery, a fresh set of plugs, and a new set of subframe spaces to cut down on any slop. Between the stylish good looks and rewarding drive, it's tough to match the S13's value. Plus with such a stong aftermarket for these here stateside you'll have no issues putting your own twist on this one of a kind 180SX!
*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.