Resolved: next time I encounter a clean, mod-free Nissan 240SX, I’m just gonna buy it. Or maybe a Silvia. There’s tons of those here in America now.
Matthew Cox’s 1993 Nissan 240SX convertible looked fine enough in the eBay photos. It was his chance to own a rare version of a car he loved, and it was fine on the outside! Then he got a good look under the car’s shiny pearl white paint, and discovered that he may have bought one of the biggest rip-offs of all time.
Silvia. Silviaaaa. It was the name Nissan gave to its line of sport coupes that were built on its S platform. They were beautiful cars and, in their latter generations, became the go-to drifter’s choice. Here’s a quick walk through of them all.
When it comes to modding, tuning and drifting cars, the immediate go-to platform that comes to mind is the Nissan 240SX. Lightweight, rear-driven and well-balanced, finding a stock, untouched 240SX is like finding an clean Toyota Supra. They’re out there, but they’re rare. And most likely expensive. We think we found…
I can’t remember the last time I saw a clean, unmolested Nissan 240SX. At some point—I believe it was earlier this decade—all of them seemingly got stanced, turned into drift cars, engine-swapped, grafted with various body parts from the Silvia and 180SX and just otherwise Frankenstein’d into something new and crazy.…
In a very real way, I hope this video was staged. If it’s not, then this has to be the most crappily-installed wheel since the Enlightenment. Were they using lug nuts, or just shouting the word “LUG NUT” to each stud? That poor 240SX.
When was the last time you saw a clean, unmolested 240SX on the road? Are there any left? Did they ever exist at all? Who can say.
Old Nissan 240SXs are considered prime candidates for turning into drift cars because they’re rear-wheel drive, everywhere, and easy to work on. But the downside to being popular for drift duty is that, well, a lot are getting wrecked and prices are going up. Lucky for you, there’s a workaround.
Who likes ripping sideways through the dirt? We’ve got just the sport for you!
Slow-motion burnouts are wonderful in their own right, but sometimes choosing the right soundtrack can make amazing footage feel truly epic.
The best weather we had all weekend for the 24 Hours of LeMons' North Dallas Hooptie race at Eagles Canyon Raceway was a few inches of powdery snow during the practice day. Needless to say, the race didn't happen, but a few of us went out for practice laps, anyway.
The Nissan 240SX, when it was new, was faster from 0-60 than a Ferrari. Well, that's not quite true. There are two caveats, if you'll let me explain.
For decades, the import tuner scene in America was dominated by three magic letters: JDM. If you wanted a hot Japanese car, you wanted JDM parts, JDM engines, JDM style. Along the way we Americans developed our own aesthetic, and now, in a strange twist, it seems the Japanese are beginning to copy us.
I feel bad for the Nissan 240SX. I really do. I can remember when it was actually a respectable car, a fun and affordable little performance coupe for people who needed some rear-wheel-drive action in their lives. These days it seems all of them have been snatched up by idiots who think they know how to drift.
They're too much fun to hoon to death.
Meet the Drift Idiot. He bought a 240SX last month. He's never drifted before and he thinks he can become the Sultan of Slide in one session. It turns out that drifting is kinda hard.
The full video of our favorite drift crew is here. They're the Bloodmasters and they are here with axes and Nissans to tear up Englishtown, New Jersey.
What is New Hampshire for? New Hampshire is for doing dumb shit in the forest, such as burning rubber up and down your hillside driveway in a Nissan missile like pro drifter Ryan Tuerck.
Bill Stenger's turn at the Central Florida Racing Complex Mardi Drift festival this past weekend ended in a decisive, if not totally unimpressive, fashion when his Nissan S14 turned a sick rail grind along the track's outer wall.