The Nissan Silvia was not named after poet Sylvia Plath, and owning one shouldn't be as tortured an experience as was her short life. The U.S. version of the Silvia — the 200SX, as represented by today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe custom convertible, may be ode-worthy, but is this one's price too much to be owed?
Even after the resolutely anti-convertible Malaise Era ended in 1983— hey, I invented the term "Malaise Era" so I get to define when it ended— your convertible-shopping options were still fairly limited in 1987.
By 1983, Nissan was in the final stages of phasing out the Datsun name in the North American market, so every Datsun had a little "by Nissan" addendum on badges. Datsun, Nissan, whatever- this one will be scrap steel soon!
Mostly, Nissans haven't fared well in the 24 Hours Of LeMons, but the 240SX and 200SX have been very good- not the fastest car on the track, but one of the most reliable.
We knew it on these shores as the 200SX Turbo, while the Japanese and Europeans called it the Silvia ZX Turbo. Either way, it served as an excellent herpes vector!
Did you notice the hyphen in the name of this car? That's because Datsun's marketers wanted you to think about SEX when you thought about the North American version of the Nissan Silvia.
The 19th race in 24 Hours Of LeMons history took place last weekend, and we finally had our first-ever Nissan winner! Right behind it- well, in some cases way behind it- were 121 other vehicles.
OK, Nissan fans, you can stop agonizing over the so-called Curse Of Nissan at the 24 Hours Of LeMons, because one of your cars has finally taken the overall win!
Japanese cars made up nearly half the entries at the Gator-O-Rama, with 44 out of 95 vehicles coming from the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Miatas, Celicas, and RX-7s galore, of course, but that wasn't all.
Sold as the Datsun 200SX in North America, the Nissan Silvia for '82 didn't get silly roller-coaster ads in its home market. No, Japanese car shoppers learned that the Silvia 240RS was pretty much the exact same thing as the Silvia race car! Special bonus points to Nissan for including the FJ20 reference in the ad.
The Datsun 200SX for '79 didn't have TURRRRRBO power yet, but it packed a not-too-shabby-for-its-time 92 fuel-injected horsepower. Weighing just 2,268 pounds (about 650 pounds less than the '08 Sentra), the 200SX didn't feel particularly Malaise-y, and it even came with a Sky Roof! It wanted you to open it up and…
Was there any word that summed up the 1980s better than TURBO? Turbocharging was a magical thing back then, with electronic fuel injection finally making the technology work pretty well for street-driven vehicles. Turbocharged cars such as the Mitsubishi Starion and Buick Grand National let everyone know that the…