It’s called the “Drift Tax”. If you are not familiar and have been living under a pile of unwashed laundry in the basement waiting for mom to call you upstairs for dinner, the so-called Drift Tax is a premium on cars that are popular amongst Tuners, i.e. performance enthusiasts and those who like to drift their cars.
In case you didn’t know and have only occasionally reached the speed limit, had your hands on the wheel at 10 and 2 o’clock positions at all times, and think that driving is a necessary evil just to get you to point B, drifting is an extremely fun driving technique where you lose traction in the rear wheels during oversteer in a controlled way. If you don’t know how to steer a car with the gas pedal then this is probably not the website for you, unless you are teachable. In which case, welcome aboard.
I have personally been known to even drift shopping carts in supermarkets, sometimes still pushing the cart sideways at the middle of the aisle as I tear past the Spaghetti-O’s. I won’t publicly state what else I’m known for, but let’s face it sometimes less is more, and that’s especially true when shopping and disclosing personal information on the internet.
Interestingly enough, it was in Japan, the country of origin of this beauty, that drifting became a “thing”. A thing that spilled over onto the Willow Springs Raceway in 1996 when Kenji Okazaki and Keiichi Tsuchiya showed off their skills in a Nissan Silvia 180SX. Thus was born a new motorsport. I mention the Silvia 180SX because that’s the Japanese version of what got super-sized in America to be the 240SX. Which was basically the same car but with an upgrade from a 1.8 liter engine to a 2.4 liter engine. All of which was the replacement for the Silvia 200SX.
In case you aren’t as confused as I am, it’s needless to say that this car is known by a lot of different names. For example, it’s known as the S13 which is also known as a Silvia, a Silvia 180SX and a 240SX. This is of course not to be confused with the 240-280Z’s of many years prior, which developed into the 370Z’s of today. It’s not easy to remain unconfused with all of these numbers followed by S’s and Z’s.
Since most of you reading this are living in the United States, we’ll just make things simple and call it the 240SX (S13). Which is the car I present to you here.
This particular 240SX convertible has 53xxx miles on the odometer, an auto transmission and the 2.4 liter DOHC 4 cylinder/4 valve per cylinder engine (KA24DE) which put out 155 bhp at 5600 rpm and 160 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. The front MacPherson struts and a rear multilink suspension make up for the relatively under-powered engine that makes this lightweight chassis, tipping the scales at about 2700 lbs, extremely toss-able.
The handling characteristics of the 240sx owes also to the front-engine rear-drive layout and the pop-up headlights. Just kidding, the pop-up headlights are strictly responsible. That and the center-mounted ash tray which gives it it’s 53/47 (F/R) weight distribution. Perhaps they should have pushed the ashtray back another foot to balance things out to 50/50. Hindsight is 20/20 or uh, 50/50.
This low mile example is an AZ car and was purchased (and currently resides) in Tucson, has a clean title and is all original except for the radio. Factory paint is said to be in excellent condition with some touch ups of the rear bumper. Pop-up headlights as well as convertible top motor are all in working condition, although the rear vinyl window is cracked. This car has had extensive service, noted in the original ad HERE on craigslist, and comes with a new set of Yokohama tires.
Catch this bargain while you can, it’s as if there’s no drift tax at all. So go for it if you’re in the market for a highly modifiable, extremely desirable driftable low-mile Silvia, er…180sx, uh…240sx. You know what I mean. Cheers!