Welcome to Cars of The Ku, a new weekend segment where I highlight a cool car I've found around where I live. Ku (区) is the Japanese word for "city ward." Today's car of the Ku is this Nissan Silvia which looks like it just flew off the set of Star Wars Episode VII.
All you need to do with this ad is wait for the protagonist's reaction to the appearance of Christie Brinkley in the passenger seat.
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!
With great restraint and beautiful camerawork, Andrew Laputka and Ryan Tuerck of Drift Alliance bring us a merry afternoon in a hissing, sideways Silvia.
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!
First, we had our Top 20 Vintage Toyota ads. Now it's Nissan's turn. Here's our favorite ads from the 70s through the 90s, from North America and Japan.
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.
Even the Japanese have camino envy. Some even want one so much they convert their old Nissans into car-trucks. This guy took an S13 180SX and made it into a "Driftomino." Sure the ride height is too low to go drive through a field, and the bed is only big enough to carry a mini scooter, but it makes up for it with…
Known as the 240SX on these shores, the 1996 Nissan Silvia was apparently pitched in Japan as "car for leadfoot actress with short attention span," if we are to judge by this ad. According to the description on YouTube, the woman is Mai Hosho, and her frenzied statement translates as "Eyes of Silvia are lovely!"
While American youngsters tend to think of the Nissan Silvia as a 180SX-type drift car, if they think of it at all, there was an era, long, long ago — when their fathers were slogging it out in the jungles of the nation formerly known as Indochina — that the Silvia was actually a limited-run Fairlady Roadster-based…