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1993 Nissan 240SX Craigslist Special (w/video)

Our friends at Motor Trend purchase a classic project car from the classifieds and review

Sep 16, 2013
Photographer: Motortrend Staff Videographer: Motortrend Staff
1309 motor trend 1993 nissan 240sx Photo 1/1   |   1309 Motor Trend 1993 Nissan 240Sx

The Details:

  • New project car for Motor Trend Magazine
  • 132K mileage, KA24DE with an HKS Hi-Power Exhaust
  • 0-60mph in 8.6 seconds
  • 1/4 mile in 16.5 seconds at 84.7 mph

For reasons unknown to man, the idea of under steer and sliding a vehicle around a corner can easily make us motor enthusiasts all giddy inside. The proper way of achieving this is getting behind the wheel of a rear-wheel drive car. Our friends at Motor Trend recently purchased a 1993 Nissan 240SX from Craigslist as a project car and despite its rough state it still delivers as you see in the video above. While many people might see an old clunker with its pop-up headlights, beat up paint, and dated interior, we see a classic sports car that's been the drifter's platform of choice for decades. Aside from an HKS Hi Power exhaust, the Motor Trend Nissan 240SX is completely stock.

Sure you can slide a stock 240SX, but to really tighten it up minimal tuning is required. Said changes would include changing suspension and the brake pads/fluid; after all it is a 20 year old car. Additionally upgrading the ECU, LSD, and maybe a bucket seat (to hold you in place while sliding) would be helpful. A motor swap with options ranging from turbo SR to RB or naturally aspirated LS isn't a bad idea either.

The "Drift King" Keiichi Tscuchiya says, "You don't need loads of money to enjoy the sport of drifting." Like everything that comes imported into America the 240SX was a bit watered down. Compared to its Japanese brother the Silvia, which came equipped with a small liter turbo engine, the 240SX received a KA24DE truck engine. But despite all of that it still has the elements drifters and tuners alike love to this day: lightweight chassis, affordable, endless used parts available and most importantly rear-wheel drive.

Even at 132,000 miles this Craigslist bought 240SX can be a perfect daily driver. We're excited to see what's to come for Motor Trend's project Nissan 240SX. Maybe an SR20 swap? Perhaps some D1GP inspired body styling? Stay tuned.

Jofel Tolosa
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