Feeling Nostalgic? This Low-Mileage Nissan 200SX is the Antidote
The phrase “they don’t make ‘em like they used to” gets thrown around an awful lot these days, and for better or worse, “they”—whoever that may be—truly don’t. Modern gadgets are far more advanced, metal toys have given way to cheeper plastic play-things, and most new products have an air of temporary usefulness to them. Feeling nostalgic for the “good ‘ol days” yet? Here’s an automotive flashback that is proudly not of this millennium—a 1984 Nissan 200SX Turbo. Say it, TURBO! Break out the Ray-Bans, acid wash jeans, and crank up the Duran Duran. The claimed unmodified, five-speed, and 29,800-mile 200SX recently appeared on eBay, and it’s safe to say—they don’t make ‘em quite like this anymore. RELATED: Check Out the New 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO
Sadly, as the folks at Barnfinds so aptly put it, there’s a reason why you don’t see many untouched and unmodified examples of these Nissan 200SX (née S12 Silvia) Turbos anymore. These rear-wheel drive sports compacts were such good driver’s cars, many eventually were heavily modified, turned into drift machines, and ragged within an inch of their life. Thankfully, this one doesn’t appear to have endured that oh-so-common history.
When Nissan launched these sports compacts into the US market in the '80s, the firm offered both “notchback” coupes and lift-back hatchbacks, as seen here. It’s safe to say the hatchback has aged significantly better than the notchback, in fact, with sharp lines, stylish wheels, and a defiant ‘80s sports car persona—they still look fantastic!
Inside, they tend to show their age a bit more, complete with funky plastics and what appears to be an optical illusion cloth interior, but there’s plenty to love about the all-digital dashboard, passenger side panel, and boost gauge!
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And if you hadn’t known it was turbocharged by now, a quick look inside will surely inform you. Both the floor mats and seats come proudly emblazoned with “TURBO”, as does the front hood scoop and rear lip spoiler.
Lift up that hood and you’ll find the preferable engine from the period—a 1.8-liter turbocharged (though non-intercooled) four-cylinder—which generated about 135 horsepower. No, they weren’t lightning fast, but they were an exciting drive.
According to the owner of this Nissan 200SX Turbo, the sports car had been a longtime resident of Michigan and saw only occasional use as a second car, having spent 31 years with its original owner. Of course, with thousands of these built, they’re not exactly the rarest breed of the era, but then again you don’t come across many “survivors” like this one appears to be.
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