1994 Nissan Silvia K
Stock Number: 4456
Why over complicate a tried and true formula? Take a powerful turbo motor, send the power out back (where it should be,) and pair it all up with a proper 3 pedal trans. Back in the day, Nissan had a stable of these before turning most of their fleet into the economy cars that we see today. The S13 built a cult following starting in 1989 with this same layout which is why it stayed in production all the way till the S15. However, some wanted a more refined take on this formula thus the S14 was introduced with slightly larger proportions and with much more flowing bodywork. The S14 underwent a facelift in '96 which has become arguably the best looking of the bunch. Since we can't import the Kouki just yet finding a facelifted Zenki is a rare piece. This one not only has the front upgrade but also has quite a few killer customizations to go along with it. Starting off its obvious that Midnight Purple (LP2) wasn't a factory offered color for the Silvia. It was originally Blue Emerald Green (FN2) which is great since those cars left the factory with a black engine bay making the color swap far less noticeable. It feels safe to assume the color swap was done when the front end was swapped since a large portion of the car would have already been dissembled. The paint shows excellently and really stands out, especially once you get it out in direct sunlight where it can really pop. To play off the aggressive front end an Origin Labo rear bumper and side skirts were used to round out the whole package. Overall the aftermarket aero mates up pretty well, however aftermarket pieces will never line up quite as nicely as the factory ones did. Adjustable coilovers drop the ride height down to get the 18" bronze TE37 style wheels sitting where they should. Of note, the fenders have been rolled and slightly pulled in the rear to make sure any rubbing has been cut down to a minimum.
The interior on this one is a bit less wild than the body would hint at. The biggest change is the driver's seat which was replaced with a fixed back bucket. There's no question that it offers far more support than the stock ones do making sure you're not going to be sliding around when you want to have a more spirited run. Surprisingly its held up great, as typically we see a lot of bolster wear with this style seat. The wildly striped factory seats were surprisingly common for the era and are in excellent shape. The passenger's seat looks great, free of any notable stains or tears and the rears look hardly ever used. Even the other fabric pieces like the door panels are in well above average shape. The new and improved interior is a fantastic upgrade over the S13's. The dash layout is much more refined while keeping an easy to read layout. Of course, it is a Nissan, so the dash does have the same cracks that plagued all of the S13s, but the dash mat does a nice job of covering any issues while dressing up the cabin a bit at the same time. The steering wheel and shift knob have been replaced with a deep dish wheel which is a bit more comfortable from the driver's seat. While the shift knob is a bit odd, its actually a pretty rare NavaN catalog piece that was offered back in the day from the dealers. The Kenwood aftermarket head unit does work, however you'll still want to swap it out with something more modern and US friendly. Naturally, these did have the other standard power accessories of the time; power windows, mirrors, door locks, and a nice digital climate control system.
Inside the engine bay lies Nissan's famed SR20DET which sets them apart from the boring 240s we got stateside. Several nice upgrades were added without the fear of sacrificing longevity in the process. The Greddy aluminum radiator is a particularly nice piece to ensure cooling is kept in check. To help the SR breathe a bit easier it's been fitted with an HPI intake and a massive front mount intercooler. Aside from the obvious performance benefits it really makes the front end. And to cut down on backpressure a Fujitsubo hi-flow cutback exhaust was fitted that also finally lets the SR sound the way it should have from the factory. Out of the gate, these cars are quick with the turbo spooling up low down in the RPM range it pulls hard to the 7K redline. Mated to a proper 5-speed manual, rowing through the gears is a blast. The transmission shifts with ease and the clutch is pretty forgiving. It does send the power out back through an aftermarket diff which is certainly more aggressive than what came from the factory. In general though, the car is far from too aggressive for daily driving the way it's currently set up. Coming in with only 94K verified miles we're only just getting started. We have gone over it to ensure that it'll be ready to break necks here stateside. After putting on a set of new rubber and your typical oil change its ready to tear up the streets. This S14 would make a great daily driver since parts are so readily available, and the sky is the limit when it comes to modifying down the road. The way it sits you already have a great platform to start from or simply leave it as is, the decision is yours.
*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.