1994 Nissan 180SX Series 2
Stock Number: 4259
Many great sports cars have endured the test of time because of its connection with the driver behind the wheel. Those who have owned S-Chassis vehicles get it and this 1994 180SX is a wonderfully preserved example. Finished in a classic Crystal White (326), the simple lines stand out and create a sleek fastback profile. The body is in good shape sans the normal dings and scuffs associated with normal use over the years, and the clear coat still shows plenty of luster. Offered with only 118K verified miles, this S13 packs the most desirable power plant, the SR20DET which sends power rearward through a manual transmission. With clean examples dwindling in Japan, and stateside examples skyrocketing in price, you won't want to miss out on this Japanese Classic.
The straight forward S13 interior wasn't known for its quality materials, however, this one has faired pretty well. On the positive side, many of the interior plastics are devoid of any weather-induced fading, as the old owners had cared for the car. OEM floor mats were in place as the car shipped over to the US, which is always a positive sign. The dash has the typical S13 cracks, which have been obscured by a fitted charcoal mat. The front buckets, which are trimmed in gray cloth, are nicely bolstered. Besides a small seat bottom tear on the driver's side, they are devoid of any burn holes, tears, or other imperfections. They allow the occupants to ride in comfort over long trips, and are surprisingly soft. The driver also benefits from an upgraded Carrozzeria touchscreen head unit, which works well and includes radio and iPhone integration. The speakers are powered properly and happily pipe in the tunes to the cabin. The rear bench looks hardly used and is in above average condition. The matching door cards all adhere tightly to the door plastic and the headliner is tight and taut. For taller or shorter drivers, an adjustable column is standard with a custom leather-wrapped Nardi wheel sits atop it. Besides a Blitz boost gauge and rear privacy tint, the interior is untouched from how it left the factory. Even a sunroof, with the OEM shade, is included and opens up the interior to natural light and additional ventilation. If the weather is too hot or cold outside the 180 has a digital climate control system. The A/C is equipped to handle hot summer scorchers, although the heat will surely be used more this time of year. Of note, even the power-folding mirrors work as they should and additional convenience features include power windows and locks.
As mentioned in the opening paragraph, driving dynamics are this S13s strong suit. Powered by the 1998cc, turbocharged SR20DET, this lightweight hatch can scoot! Startup is a snap and a turn of they key cranks over the small for cylinder into a constant idle. The two liter revs freely and is eager to be driven spiritedly. Sending powered rearward through a five-speed manual transmission, the shifts are all smooth and lack any hitches or grinds. the brakes are reassuring to depress, and stop the sub-three thousand-pound coupe down to speed. The OEM suspension takes large bumps well, and the vehicle has plenty of ground clearance. Benefitting from a fresh oil and filter change, and a Virginia state safety inspection, this 180SX only needs a new owner at this point.
Nissan hit a home run with this platform and consequently built it for nearly a decade. With easy to find parts and wide aftermarket support, this Nissan would be an ideal daily driver or a new project to wrench on. Featuring a potent turbo motor, manual trans, and rear-wheel drive, its next chapter in life will surely be enjoyed by a lucky enthusiast.
*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.