Saturday, September 23, 2017

Horsefeather: 1992 Nissan Sentra SE-R

There are quite a few cars on the DT favorites list that are almost NEVER found in stock/clean/low-mile configuration for just about any price.  The top of the list includes quite a few Japanese cars, including the Honda CRX, Subaru STI, DSM Talon/Eclipse/Laser, Mitsu EVO, but today we've found a real pile of rocking horse pooh -- a stock/nice/clean 1992 Nissan Sentra SE-R offered for $4,500 in Cincinnati, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.



I try to not fall victim to the false nostalgia of the rare car -- the idea that any car that was built in limited numbers is somehow more interesting/cool/gooder than a mass produced car...but the B13 SE-R Sentra combined the power of the SR20DE (140 horsepower) with a lightweight chassis to build a Pony car killer back when domestic V8s were choked with small carburetors and retarded timing.  The SE-R was such a cool sleeper when new, but try to find a stock one today...yeah..this is it.



From the seller:
Very nice all original Sentra SER with only 
89900 miles Garaged kept under cover it's 
whole life. Runs and drives great 5sp. cold AC
new tires



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8 comments:

  1. Nice but not a nice price IMO.

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  2. Is this price justified? Many other fun choices at the $4500 level.

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  3. I think there is a buyer out there, somewhere. I've heard people wax poetic about these cars and their purity. Gotta say, i'd be really curious to see if it lives up to the hype.

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  4. There is literally zero chance of finding another stock b-13 se-r in this condition. Whether you would buy something else for the money is a totally separate conversation. The thing is that these cars respond so well to modifications I would never keep one stock.

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  5. Nick Fee - yes the hype is justified. I dated a lovely and partially insane girl for a year who owned the clone to this one. While the styling is bland, the view from the inside is sublime. It's a driver's car that handles as good as the best fwd you've driven and the engine is nimble and fast revving. If I hadn't just bought a mint 99 Subaru Legacy I'd be in negotiations with this seller.

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  6. If owner remains firm, this is sports car (not Japanese coupe) territory price-wise. Japanese car collectibility hasn't been notable save for few blue chip exceptions. For this price-level, performance-wise, a Japanese 280Z or 280ZX, MR2 or Miata are better choices. A German 320i or 5 or 6 series are better choices with a back seat for same $. Worth maybe $3000 but owner doesn't want less.

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  7. Pro- your alternatives list needs a rethink. The mr2 and Miata are two seat cars. This car has a back seat so why mention BMWs having something this car does not. A se-r with a hand brake on is faster in every concievable way than a e21 320i. 6 series BMW prices are way above this car and they are luxury coupes. A e30 BMW is the most closely comparable car and the prices on them are way, way north of this car. I do not think you can find a clean 325is anymore for under 10k. The b13 se-r was a car and drivers ten best list from 1991-1994. I would relook up what they had to say about these cars.

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  8. Rebuilt title takes the sheen off a bit.

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