Turbocharged variants of Nissan’s S12-generation 200SX came a pizza box-sized hood scoop that offsets the slope of the hood to keep your pretzel-crusted abomination warm on cold days. It’s also a member of the 5-speed, four-cylinder, two-door, rear-drive club, and isn’t as popular with the drift crowd as its successor, the S13 240SX. Rust and negligence are deadly enough for any 1980s Japanese cheapskate, so finding one like this is a treat. Find this 1984 Nissan 200SX Turbo in Greely, CO for $3,500 via craigslist.
Because it’s not even old enough to run for president, we can’t call this a survivor or restomod, and therefore must resort to the painfully overplayed “clean.” As in, no rust in the engine bay, door sills, or body panels, stock, 15″ snowflake wheels that have been reconditioned, a ride height that could clear a boxed Chicago-style pizza without hitting the bumpstops, and just a few modest updates under the hood. The interior has a chunk chewed off of the driver’s seat bolster and door panel, likely from hunger pains caused by the customer’s Meat Lovers wafting forbidden desire from the passenger seat.
In 1984, the 200SX came in three flavors: the 2.0-liter SOHC CA20E with 102-horsepower, the 1.8-liter turbocharged, non-intercooled SOHC CA18ET with 120 horsepower, and the 3.0-liter VG30E SOHC V6 with 153 horsepower, available in 1987. This CA18ET-powered S12 features custom breathing and a new head, plus the buyer’s choice of three turbo setups. It currently runs a Chinese-built T25 set at 8psi, culminating for at least 150 horsepower, adequate for a 2,600-pound hatch.
New sensors, belts, fluids, alternator, and battery promise many more pizza delivery runs. Customers will liken the wrapped driver’s side mirror to Michael Jackson’s bedazzled glove, but may ask what purpose ventilated taillights serve. What, those things? Well they’re not part of a custom cabin ventilation that doubles as a subliminal marketing ploy for tailgaters, that’s for sure. Nope. Not a chance.
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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.