Soon I’ll be packing up my life and moving to Los Angeles to be able to work out of Source Interlink’s LA office. The move is an exciting one because LA presents many new opportunities in the form of car culture, lifestyle and horrid traffic. However, none of that really has me worried. Believe it or not, my biggest concern right now is what to do with my beloved Nissan 240SX project car. Like a first-born child, I love this car and have dedicated many late garage nights and early mornings to it. There is something to be said about building your own car. The amount of effort and dedication you put into it is hardly ever replicated by a friend or shop, no matter how good their work is. Aside from building the motor and painting the car, I have installed almost all of the modifications myself, which is why I’ve grown so attached to it.
Now, I’m at a crossroads. I have my latest project car, the Acura Integra that I’ll be bringing with me to LA, and I suppose I can also bring the 240SX. But the expense of shipping the car and having a heavily modded SR20DET in Cali has got me worried. The S14 is essentially wrapped up as a project car, it really doesn’t need anything else—maybe some really minor things here and there, but from a logical and magazine standpoint, it’s time to move on and sell the car.
But the emotional attachment is making it a hard thing to do. It’s odd since I don’t let emotions get the best of me, but I have this looming feeling that this car is special and I’m going to regret selling it; kind of like a family heirloom that you keep for the rest of your life. I had no problems selling off any of my previous project cars, but this one feels different. Add in the fact that the market is terrible for selling cars, let alone modified ones, and the decision is an even harder one.
Everyone is telling me I can build another S14 just like it, but I know myself too well. A different project will pop into my head and going back to a platform I’ve already built will be very unlikely. I’m already thinking about a new Evolution X (the money from the S14 would be great for a down payment). I’ve never really owned a new car, so the lure of driving something without rattles and wear is very tempting. Or maybe it’s time to step up to an FD RX-7. I have always wanted an FD—the style, chassis and capability offer so much modification potential. I’ve even thought about an S13, but after owning an S14 I wouldn’t want to step down to something older. I simply love the look of the kouki generation S14. In my opinion, its going to be a true collector’s car. Not that I’m looking for a financial reward from it, but it would still bring a huge smile to my face if I’m able to drive it in 10 years.
As I write this, I have a buyer who is seriously interested in the car. The price has been set, it’s just a matter of ironing out the details. I just can’t help but get the feeling that I’m making a mistake. Nevertheless, if the deal goes through, then I’ll suck up my tears and bid a farewell to my one true automobile love. They say the first is the hardest to forget. I hope they’re wrong!