Black Beauty – 1992 Nissan 240SX Convertible – Sold?
July 8, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
June 2, 2021 Update – We just spotted a fresh listing for this Nissan 240SX convertible we first featured in April 2021. The price, pictures, and description in the new listing are a clone of the original one.
Convertibles enjoyed quite a resurgence by the early 1990s with even Japanese manufacturers getting in on the act for the sportier models. In addition to its 300ZX sports car, in 1992 Nissan also started offering a convertible version of its popular rear-wheel-drive 240SX. A prime example is this unmolested triple black automatic-equipped 240 originally posted in April 2021 on Craigslist in Milford, Connecticut for $10,995. Unfortunately, the 240SX is one of the few cars where the coupe and hatchback versions are more valuable than the convertible. The primary reason is that the fixed roof and hatchback versions make very good drift cars for the tuner crowd. Consequently, we’re not surprised a quick check of Bring A Trailer found no convertibles for sale. Unfortunately, our normal pricing guidelines do not list the 240SX convertibles yet, so a check of the NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide confirms the private seller has their 240SX priced well above the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $2,125, $3,325, and $4,450, respectively. It’s quite possible the seller is relying on the current coupe pricing.
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. (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. 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!
This MotorWeek Retro Review of a 1991 Nissan 240SX provides a great overview of why these rear-wheel-drive cars are so sought after today:
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1992 Nissan 240SX Cabrio
This car is in mint original condition. As good as it gets. original paint. OEM wheels that were removed and stored inside since day 1. They are now back on the car with a new set of tires, curb & rash-free. No blemishes.
I have up for sale an incredible condition 1992 Nissan 240SX convertible. This is a federal emissions car in super black (1) of 513 examples WORLDWIDE. This car has the convertible boot present as well (VERY very rare item)
NO LOW BALLERS LOW BALLS
NO TEST PILOTS
This car is part of a collection of a 71 year old owner and he is had it for 15 years. Garage kept OEM as it gets, beautiful! Not hacked, not butchered-“
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