Not too long ago a low-mileage pignose S13 that had somehow not been drifted to death came up for sale in Pennsylvania. The sleek, red hatchback caught was a real eye-catcher, but if it were our money to spend on a Nissan sports coupe that revolutionized the drifting world, we’d snap up a 1989 240SX coupe, in two-tone.
Not only was Silver-Green on Gray the halo color that graced the “Art Force” Silvia when introduced — winning it a Good Design award and Japan Car of the Year — but it is the one that most closely resembles the original greenish-gold of the CSP311 Silvia.
What’s more, in Japan Nissan offered only a flip-up headlight hatchback called the 180SX (for its CA18 engine) and the Silvia, a fixed-headlight coupe. The “Onevia” — a portmanteau describing the nose of a 180SX and rear of a Silvia — was never sold there, making this KA-powered machine a unique USDM export model.
This Florida NASIOC reader beat us to the punch though, picking up a still-shiny example for just $2,500. With the red hatch asking $9,550 and stock examples of Toyota’s AE86 ready to break the five-digit mark, that green machine’s a smoking deal if you ask us. Let’s just hope there’s no tire smoking in its future and that the owner appreciates what he has.
There is clearly an appreciation for the early S13s’ three two-tone color schemes (the other two being bluish-silver on gray and creamy yellow on gray), as evidenced by this two-tone preservation thread on Zilvia.net, though preservation seems to be a relative term in the heavily drift-influenced forum.
Hat tip to Martin K.