Drift-Resistant: 1993 Nissan 240SX Automatic Convertible – Sold!
Nissan had a real hit on their hands when they launch the no-frills, back-to-basics, rear-wheel-drive 240SX for the 1989 model year. By 1993, scope creep softened the cars a bit when the company started offering automatic-equipped convertible versions such as this example posted on Craiglist near Aberdeen, New Jersey with a stated 218,000 original miles for sale by the second owner and a corresponding asking price of $4,850. Sifting through the NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide confirms the private seller has his high-mileage 240SX priced above the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $2,125, $3,325, and $4,450, respectively.
When Nissan launched the rear-wheel drive, 2.4 liter, single overhead cam KA24E-powered 240SX for less than $15,000 in 1988, it was an immediate hit as many felt it was the distant successor to the 240Z, as the 300ZX by this point became a luxury grand tourer. With balanced handling yet a bit light on power, the coupe and hatchback versions of these cars gained a following among tuners, who either heavily modify the big four-cylinder or go big and drop a Chevrolet LS V8 powertrain. A friend of the Guys With Rides Team, Benny Obscene, did just that with his 240SX he documents on his YouTube Channel. (Un)fortunately, given the higher body flex inherent in a convertible’s structure once the top is removed, most drop-top 240SX such as the example featured here continue to be immune to the tuner’s knife and remain nice momentum cars to enjoy top-down driving on your favorite country road.
While a pretty car that’s still presentable, given the very high mileage you need to consider more components will soon need replacement in addition to what the second owner put into it over the past two years. We also recommend getting the rust fixed on the right rear wheel completed before it gets any worse. If the original 2.4L inline finally becomes too tired, just know you can always perform an LS swap like our buddy Ben did on a coupe version not that long ago. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Up for sale is my 1993 240sx Convertible with 218k miles on it, I have owned this car for the last 2 years after purchasing it from the original owner. It is bone stock aside from the floor mats and steering wheel, I have stock wheel, leather was peeling. Frame is clean, no rust on the strut towers, only minimal rust spot on R/R fender (see pictures). You will not find a cleaner 240 in this area, always stored for the winter and properly prepared before doing so. New battery, brakes, fuel filter, and rubber fuel lines last summer and newer tires on the car with plenty of life left in them. Runs perfectly and I have never had any issues with it. The car is a perfect summer daily or clean slate to start a build with, wouldn’t doubt it to bring me anywhere. Any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to me SevenThree2 3seven9 OneFour3Zero“
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