1994 Nissan Silvia S14 Coupe
Why over complicate a tried and true formula? The year was 1994, and Nissan was debuting the recently re-engineered Silvia, its zingy front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe. They kept the formula largely the same from its predecessor, while increasing rigidity, power, and refinement. Gone was the angular styling of the early decade, replaced with more streamlined bodywork, which has aged gracefully. This 1994 has been redone from its original white to a custom Platinum Mist Metallic two-tone. Accented with some rare factory bits, such as an OEM Kouki tails and wing, plus a NAVAN front bumper, the vehicle is a serious head-turner. The bodywork is good, sans the normal little scuffs and dings associated with a 25-year-old vehicle, and it should be noted the door jams are still the original color. Lowered on 19" polished Weds Kranze Cerberus II wheels, a roof spoiler and Vertex produced side skirts and rear bumper complete the aesthetics.
Like all S14's, the interior is simple and clean. Skinny A-pillars produce copious amounts of visibility, and the driver has plenty of room to get settled behind the wheel. When seated within the confines of the Bride Brix adjustable driver bucket, the driver is well supported and will stay snug in the twisties. The material is in good shape, and the ergonomics are great. A MOMO race steering wheel and gauge suite including boost and temp units by Omori and GReddy respectively to keep the vitals of this S14 monitored safely. A custom dash pad has been fitted over the factory dash to obscure the chronic S chassis cracks, but other than that the interior is in surprisingly good shape. The A/C and heat work well, as do the window electronics, making this an ideal daily driver. The headliner is in decent shape, and the interior benefits from a more modern head unit than the factory offered, this one produced by Alpine. Boost levels can also be controlled in the cabin, as this tuned engine has a Blitz boost controller.
The reason to purchase an S chassis is its rewarding drive, and its sizeable aftermarket support. This example comes turn-key ready so that you need not go on a parts buying spree. The SR20DET engine fires up and settles into a steady idle. Although the 111K miles noted on the cluster could not be verified, the engine feels responsive and strong. Revving quickly and sounding fantastic, the SR has improved breathing care of a Blitz intake and custom exhaust and a lightweight pulley kit manufactured by GReddy. The power delivery is incredible, as the turbocharger is a ball bearing T28 out of an S15. The tubular intake feeds the snail efficiently, and lag isn't a concern when driving spiritedly, as a GReddy FMIC cools down the charge temps. The manual transmission shifts happily through all five forward gears, and the platform is comfortable at US interstate speeds. The adjustable coilovers are firm, but not overly aggressive, and the ride height is such that daily driving is possible with a careful eye toward the road ahead. The turn-in is crisp, as the front end is tied together with a Juran front strut tower brace, and with a careful tap of the right pedal, the rear can be precisely rotated. The brakes are reassuring, and the small coupe can stop better than those heavy grand tourers of the era, such as Supras and Fairlady Z's. Our trained technicians have brought the maintenance up to date, and this car comes ready to attack the open road.
Known for being a business coupe in only the best sense, this S14 Silvia symbolizes some of the best of Japanese engineering. This Japanese Classic features a communicative platform, handsome looks, complimenting the balanced and tunable drivetrain.
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