Small, light, fun and affordable cars are enjoying a low-key resurgence. Between the Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86, the refreshed Mazda MX-5 and Fiat 124 Spider and Toyota Corolla Hatchback, it’s wildly apparent horsepower isn’t the sole quality of a good driver’s car. One name that’s noticeably absent from the small sports car group is Nissan, who needs to bring back the Silvia to not miss out entirely.
The Silvia, or 240SX here in the States, was in its day overshadowed by the more powerful Z cars and simply disappeared. Now, with the current 370Z – and its 350 horsepower V6 and $30,000-plus price tag – there’s a clear opening for a new entry-level sports car to slot in underneath. A new Silvia isn’t that far-fetched of an idea, either, since it wouldn’t even have to change all that much as far as specs go. Back in 1991, the Silvia pulled its 2,800lbs around with a 200 horsepower 2.0-liter inline-four. Slap a $25,000 price point on that baby and it’d give the BRZ and MX-5 a serious run for their money.
This 1991 Silvia, going for $10,995, only has 46,000 original miles — it’s over 25-years old and it can still make its modern counterparts sweat. Silvias and 240SXs, like other affordable Japanese sports cars of that era, were a big hit with tuners because their engines were essentially blank canvases for performance exploitation. To find an example as untouched as this, in such impeccable condition and with such a rare factory paint color is high-quality find. The world needs more lightweight sports cars like it.
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