We like drifting here at Racing and Waiting, and one of the most iconic sideways cars is the Nissan Silvia. So why wouldn’t you want one? After all, it has a bulletproof, 200hp SR20DET engine mounted properly so that it turns the back wheels, as well
Nope, no good reason at all not to have one. So I set about discovering a bargain for this week’s Scrapophile. Unfortunately, the UK spec Silvia, or 200SX, wasn’t hugely popular, thanks to an extraordinarily dull interior and (to many eyes excluding mine) boring styling. So finding a good, domestic, unmolested example is pretty hard.
But seek and ye shall find; my pick of the bunch is a 93,000 mile 1997 model, which is completely standard and has only had two lady owners from new. It’s got a full service history and six months MOT, though sadly no tax. It’s listed at £2100 ONO here on Car and Classic.
The snag is that it’s an automatic, which essentially means the gearbox is connected to the engine by means of a victoria sponge glued to the flywheel. This makes drifting somewhat difficult.
However all is not lost. Further research reveals that converting to a manual ‘box isn’t too difficult and costs about £500. Still no reason not to have one, is there? So go out and find some wet roundabouts, you hooligan.