1995 Silvia K’s
Pending Sale: $24,495
The US market truly got the short end of the stick when it came to Nissan's S chassis. Down on power, options, and typically used and abused, it's no wonder why Japanese-imported Silvia's are such a common sight at your local auto event. Touting 50/50 weight distribution and the ever-punchy SR20DET, models like this 1995 Silvia K's are definitely a sight for sore eyes. Finished in Black Pearl (KH3), the exterior shows as well as you'd expect, save for some expected dents, rock chips, and paint fade from 28 years of road use. Set off by an OEM Aero front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper spats, and a tasteful Navan rear spoiler, the exterior looks great in stock form and is further accentuated by a set of 16" AVS model 6 alloys. We also wanted to note a prior replacement of the hood and right front fender in Japan. While this Silvia's odometer reading could not be verified in Japan, the chassis is clean and was clearly cared for in a prior life, and drives better than it looks! A communicative and balanced platform with a punchy turbo powerplant, this S14 K's is a cornerstone model from our beloved Nissan, and a definitive Japanese Classic.
The inside of this Silvia is intuitively designed and clearly purpose-built, prioritizing the enjoyment of both driver and passenger. Luckily, plenty of power amenities are on hand if the next owner wishes to daily drive this one. Both power windows work without issue, and the power locks do too. While the power mirrors adjust properly, we must note the power folding feature has given up the ghost. Adding to the list of amenities is a nifty digital automatic climate control unit positioned conveniently in the center stack. Since you'll likely be taking this coupe on numerous summer cruises, cold A/C is on tap for when you want to roll the windows up and ride comfortably. Additionally, the heat blows piping hot as well when needed. The driver benefits from a tilt adjustable steering column, and a more ergonomic Recaro SR3 seat. The upholstery on all seating surfaces is free of any rips, stains, or tears and this aftermarket unit is still plenty comfortable for day-to-day use. A Sparco steering wheel has been installed in place of the clunky OEM unit, aiding the cabin's sleek aesthetics all while feeling great in the palm. The dash is in decent shape overall, although a Shevron dash mat has been installed to obscure a dash crack from its previous life. The headliner and carpets are in good nick, and save for an inoperable radio and sunroof, this interior is in above-average shape.
Under the hood, Nissan's SR20DET shines in all its glory as the forbidden fruit we never received in our lowly 240SXs. Luckily, decades of maintaining and modifying these SR's has led to an already sizable network of parts availability here in the US, making this one a breeze to service! Our trained technicians have already done the legwork to get this one up to snuff, starting with a new 12v battery that was also installed to properly test the alternator. A fresh oil and filter service keeps this one up to date on lubrication, and a new fuel filter was installed to rid the 28 year old fuel system of any pesky contaminants. As expected, this one is a blast to drive under hard acceleration, and a smooth shifting 5-speed manual gearbox only aids in driving enjoyment. To increase the auditory response a bit, an aftermarket intake and 5Zigen Catback exhaust work in tandem. Aftermarket coilovers deliver better handling over stock, while eliminating any pesky wheel gap, and we've replaced both front caster arms to dial in the telemetry a bit. New brake pads were installed on all four corners, and this already lightweight chassis has no issues stopping on a dime now. Whether it's around town, through the backroad twisties, or on a highway cruise, the S14 is a true swiss army knife and behaves well in nearly any driving scenario. To top things off, we've replaced the old Japanese rubber with a set of new all-season tires, sure to quiet down road noise while delivering plenty of grip for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.