1991 Nissan 180 SX


・Imported during 2020
・Largely original
・Full, clean VX report and NOVA present

The Background

In the world of JDM cars and drifting, there is one family of cars that will always get hearts racing, ears perking up and experienced drivers excited: The Nissan S-Chassis family. 

The 180 SX (or S13/RS13/RPS130 depending on variant) was produced for 10 years between 1988 and 1998, during which time it developed a strong and loyal fanbase, with plentiful praise for its engines, handling and tuning capability. In fact, the 180 SX sold so well that it outlasted its S13 Silvia stablemate, which was discontinued in 1993.

Whilst here in the UK we did get our own 180 SX models, the Japanese market (JDM) models have always been the most coveted, thanks to their increased power output and better engine offerings. 

The History

This particular 180 SX was imported from Japan during 2020, and is yet to be re-registered in the UK. 

Purchased by the vendor as part of a large collection of vehicles from a warehouse in Japan which was being re-developed, this 180 SX has not seen use or regular daylight for “approximately seventeen years” which explains the incredible time-warp condition and impressive lack of corrosion. 

Since arriving in the UK, the car has not been driven on the roads or registered for UK use. This means that the vehicle has never been driven on salted roads, which is very good news indeed. 

The other good news is that this is a second-generation 180 SX, which means the original CA18DET engine was replaced by a SR20DET, an engine which almost any JDM car enthusiast will be familiar with. The braking system was also upgraded for the second generation, along with the addition of a limited-slip differential and minor cosmetic upgrades to the front bumper and interior.

The Paperwork

Due to having been imported, there is very little in the way of paperwork or history present with the vehicle. 
The all-important VX (vehicle condition) report is present, along with a NOVA letter confirming that all import duties and VAT have been paid on the vehicle. There is also an MOT certificate, along with a printout from Nissan of Glasgow confirming the date of the vehicle’s manufacture. 

The new owner will be the first UK registered keeper of the vehicle, while the most recent MOT exam on 10 February 2021 resulted in a clean pass with no advisories.

The Interior

The condition inside this 1991 180 SX is nothing short of astounding, given the vehicle’s age. The original seats are still present, though the stereo has been removed and the steering wheel and gear shifter are aftermarket items. A boost gauge has also been added, which is situated on the right of the steering wheel. 

The seats are in generally very good condition, though there is wear to the outer bolster on the driver’s seat, but this is to be expected from a vehicle of this age and has only slightly ripped the material. The door cards are also in excellent shape, along with the carpets and headliner from what we can see. 

Other than the aforementioned seat bolster issue, it looks like all this SX needs is a thorough valet and new gear shifter to match the rest of the interior.

The Exterior

Finished in a deep gloss black, this 180 SX is in generally good condition externally, though the paintwork is in clear need of a thorough machine polishing and some minor remedial work. 

The body panels and lines are all nice and straight, with no sign of any impact damage to the front of the vehicle, though it would appear a forklift or similar vehicle has caused an impact to the nearside rear quarter, which can be seen in the photo gallery below. There is also a chip out of the offside of the spoiler, though this should be a relatively simple fix for an experienced bodywork technician. 

Importantly, barring the large JDM-style exhaust which can be seen in the photos, the exterior is free from any modifications or body kits, which makes this 180 SX a very rare find indeed. 

The Mechanicals

Underneath the bonnet, the 2.0-litre SR20DET engine looks to be in good visual condition and benefits from a few choice modifications. 

In addition to the aforementioned exhaust, a front strut brace has been fitted along with an aftermarket air filter and intake kit, while the vendor reports that the vehicle is still running on its Japanese map, and may need re-tuning for UK fuel.

There are no signs of any leaks, misting or other issues, and the most recent MOT exam on 10 February 2021 resulted in a clean pass with no advisories. During the vendor’s ownership, the oil and oil filter have been changed. 

There are no signs of any leaks, misting or other issues that have been reported or that we can see. During the vendor’s ownership, the oil and oil filter have been changed.

The Appeal

Offering a wonderful opportunity to obtain a freshly imported and largely unmolested example of the legendary 180 SX with the SR20DET engine; This 1991 Nissan 180 SX needs only some bodywork TLC and a full registration before hitting the road once again - a wonderful rolling project for any Japanese car enthusiast!

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1991
  • Make Nissan
  • Model 180 SX
  • Colour
  • Odometer 92,977 Kilometers
  • Engine size
  • Location Scotland
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
10 bids from 8 bidders
  • thompso•••• £8,000 28/05/21
  • attiva2•••• £7,750 27/05/21
  • shizzu £7,501 26/05/21
  • attiva2•••• £7,250 21/05/21
  • max-mt £7,000 21/05/21
  • g4r3th@•••• £5,000 21/05/21
  • no-name•••• £2,500 21/05/21
  • Japscrs•••• £1,600 21/05/21
  • no-name•••• £1,000 21/05/21
  • jason-s•••• £700 21/05/21

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