7k: Welcome to America: 1993 Nissan Pulsar GTI-R

The homologation-satisfying GTI-R treatment tarted up Nissan’s dopey Pulsar with revealing bodywork that left little to the imagination, ATTESA all-wheel drive, and the famous SR20DET. Weighing 2,690 pounds with 83% of the horsepower of an R32 GT-R, it’s as fast as it is flashy on the rally circuit. The U.S. never got one, but a few wash up on our shores to fulfill the American dream of hill jumping and mud spraying. Find this 1993 Nissan Pulsar GTI-R in Washington, D.C. for $7,000 via craigslist.  

Its top-mount intercooler has been converted to front-mount, a somewhat popular alteration that renders the multi-slotted hood useful for grating cheese only. Other breather mods are listed and shown, and should add up to nearly 250 horsepower, which is a steep learning curve for right-hand drive.

Instagram-grade pictures are passable for a slammed S13, vexing for a bargain 350Z, and just perverse for an imported homologation special that deserves #nofilter. We’re told it needs paint, carpet, and that the radio “isn’t wired correctly,” all of which would be better seen than described. #showmethemoney

As unpleasant as cosmetic issues are, they don’t involve the anathema that is the U.S. Department of Transportation. #thanksobama This Pulsar is currently titled as a kit car in Virginia. The 25-year rule won’t bring you registration respite until 2018. Although if you’re in D.C., maybe you know a guy who knows a guy who can consider taking a look at it to form a committee who will promise to support its titling process with a completion date of no later than 2019. #gridlocksucks  

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