Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Saucy S12: 1984 Nissan 200SX V8

The S12 generation Nissan Silvia was released in North America with the lame sounding 200SX name, but it was a decent handling rear-drive sports coupe.  Unfortunately Nissan didn't want to cannibalize sales from the profitable 300ZX so it was never given a powerplant more powerful than the non-turbo VG30, but that doesn't mean you can't get a souped up example.  Find this 1984 Nissan 200SX with Ford V8 offered for $4,800 near Worcester (pronounced whooo-staaaahhh), MA via craigslist.

This 200SX is now powered by a  5.0 liter Ford V8 that is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.  Stock power in an '80s 5.0 can be as low as 150 horsepower, but it looks (in the fuzzy pics) that this might sport a few aftermarket performance parts and 300 horsepower is a streetable figure.  The 200SX also features 5-lug brakes/hubs from a 300ZX but looks super sleepy.  I like it.

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  1. This is GENIUS! I don't think I ever thought of this one being v8 swapped even when they could be had with a v6 from the factory. I bet the ford 5.0 is an easy fit in there and do like the 5lug hub upgrade here. Very slick price too, these are awkward but fun cars.

    1. I have to mention how impressed that this car was swapped and still owned by the original owner, that is dedication to 1984, in a good way. I applaud this form of ownership and modification.

  2. Wonder if the engine/ecu swap allowed for the computerized "the door, is ajar" voice to remain.

  3. the cah is wicket - the city is wistah

    1. My brother (who lives in Worcester but is a California transplant) says Wooooostahh, but he is a big P.G. Wodehouse his pronunciation might be from the wrong side of the pond.


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