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At $6,800, Would You Fool Around In This 1985 Nissan 200SX?

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With its pop-up headlamps in the front and a luggage rack in the back, today’s Nice Price or No Dice 200SX is a bastion of earlier times and designs. Let’s see if its price is just as old school.

Range anxiety isn’t a common malady for owners of modern electric cars. Unfortunately, the 2011 Ford Transit Connect electric we looked at on Friday is far from a modern electric. With a 28 kWh battery and just 56 miles of range, it proved a grim reminder of past generations of low-range electrics that, today, have little place outside of being conversation pieces in the modern automotive world. A $9,999 price tag also offered additional anxiety and ended up with a massive 94 percent No Dice loss.

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Today, being April 1, means it’s April Fools Day, but looking at this 1985 Nissan 200SX makes us all have to ask, “Where’s the joke?”

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You do all remember the 200SX, don’t you? Called the Silvia elsewhere, it earned a name change here in the States, where it played Jan Brady to the 300ZX’s Marcia. Later on, there was even a FWD NX to play the role of annoying Cindy.

But enough of the ’70s TV allusions; let’s get down to business with this 200SX. The early S12 edition of the Silvia/SX was offered from 1984 through ’88 in both notchback and hatchback body styles. This one happens to be the less attractive (in my opinion) trunked edition. Behind the pop-up headlamps (I do love those) lies a 1974 cc CA20E. In the 200SX, that iron block/aluminum head SOHC fuel-injected four produces 105 hp. A more powerful but smaller turbo engine was also available, just not in this car.

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The rest of the specs are pretty respectable for an ’80s coupe, featuring discs all around, a semi-trailing arm IRS set up very similar to that of the contemporary BMW 3-series, and an available 5-speed stick. Not to burst any bubbles, but this one eschews the five-speed for a three-cog automatic. It also doesn’t seem to have A/C which is a bit of a demerit.

The main tea to spill here is the car’s condition. It’s really amazing how nice it appears to be. According to the ad, it was originally a Washington State car and has been garage-kept its entire life. Now, it has just a little over 62,000 miles on the clock, a clean title, and no apparent indication of its age other than some minor chipping of the badge on the boot lid and the old-school home component-style stereo in the dash.