This one is a little newer than usual for the pages of Barn Finds, but it was so nice that I couldn’t resist it. It’s a 1986 Nissan 200SX XE Coupe and it’s on eBay with no takers at an opening bid of $500. Even at that opening bid the reserve won’t be met, as it shouldn’t be, this is one nice car. It’s in Naples, Florida so you can figure out your flight there and then your route back home; this one has fly-there/drive-home written all over it.
The seller mentions a tiny spot of rust of surface rust behind the rear wheel but I don’t see a flaw in this car anywhere, other than some wear on the pedals. Whether a person likes the style of this car or not, it’s now 30+ years old so it’s technically (according to my rules) old enough to be shown here! Hopefully the car guys and gals that read Barn Finds every day aren’t just into 1940s and 1950s cars or just into muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s. This Nissan is in absolutely gorgeous condition. The Nissan Silvia was known as the 200SX in North America and they were here between 1983 and 1988. This is a rear-wheel drive car so hey, it’s got that going for it if nothing else.
The interior, other than those slightly-worn pedals, looks like new, and thankfully it’s a 5-speed car! The dash is as perfect as when it rolled off of the factory line in Kanda in the Fukuoka Prefecture, one of Japan’s four main islands and a manufacturing location of Nissan since 1975. This car has the XE package which adds, among niceties such as power windows and mirrors and fancy fabric seats, a “vocal warning system”. That’s a computerized voice telling you that “your lights are on” and other initially-fun-but-often-eventually-tiring things. This 200SX also has the Electronics Package. No, that doesn’t include a Commodore 64, but it consists of digital instruments, rain-sensing wipers, a cassette tape player with equalizer, a sunroof and alloy wheels. It’s sort of a political pork-barrel-like package of things, some of which have have absolutely nothing to do with electronics or technology what so ever, like alloy wheels and bronze glass.
There are no engine photos showing Nissan’s CA20E, 2.0L inline-four with 105 hp that’s under that perfect hood. This car is really for collectors or at least lovers of vintage Japanese cars. But, it could also be an inexpensive, and really nice daily driver for anyone looking for something other than a melted-bar-of-soap-looking vehicle made for 2017. Do you, or would you, commute with a vehicle that’s 30 years old?