Scouring the varied cars of Gran Turismo yielded a JDM gem – the Nissan Sileighty.
Don’t go scouring your collections of official Nissan brochures for a SilEighty though; this one is special. Torquepost describes it thus:
“Drifters and street racers who… raced their Nissan 180SXs found that replacing their front ends when they became damaged was very cost prohibitive… due to the pop-up headlamp assemblies. To remedy this… the Nissan Silvia S13’s cheaper parts, including the lighter panel headlamp assemblies, front fenders, hood, and front bumper would be installed instead. Thus, the car would have the front end of an S13 Nissan Silvia, and the rear badge of the original 180SX. And so, the name SilEighty emerged.”
So there you have it: the Nissan SilEighty. An ingenious piece of sideways thinking from Japanese drifters.
[Note: the Nissan 180SX was sold as the Nissan 240SX in the US and as the 200SX in the EU.]
5 thoughts on “Theme: Japan – Nissan SilEighty – Sideways Thinking”
Can we imagine other pop-up replacements, such as Fiat Group’s 80s favourite the Ferrari Ritmorossa?
I think you’re just trying to coax people here into creating some Photoshop monsters…
So that’s no to the Lamborghini LM00untach then Laurent?
Scary thought – no thanks.
I must say I rather like the Silvia front end. It actually gives the somewhat anodyne (but still good) 180SX visual aggression.