1989 Nissan Silvia – Love At First Sight – Modified Magazine

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Sebastien Craig’s S13 Silvia is the of “clean.”

I’m sure that reading this magazine can when they first thinking of cars as more a way to simply get from point A to B. I’m also sure everyone this can remember the first they saw a car and thought to themselves, I own that car. For most seeing a car you’re sure is the choice for you does not mean end up with that particular maybe you’ll get a different or a different color, or even a trim.

Sebastien Craig, he’s different. He is one of the rare few who end up in possession of the exact car with they first fell in

As a young lad growing up in the ’90s, got his introduction to the world of motoring in a with which we’re His old man owned a Mustang Mach 1 had always sat in the garage. After of begging and pestering his dad to take the for a spin, Sebastien finally got the that would change his

“When I was 10, I was [suddenly] interested in dusty car in the garage,” Sebastien “Every summer I wanted my to take me for a ride in the car. he finally did, I loved the of a fast car! Ever that first ride, became my passion.

I bought car magazine I could, and I was trying to as much as I could about It was that dedication from the beginning that gave the drive to work hard and do he had to do to make sure he got himself a car when the time was right. Not too after his summer cruise dear old Dad, Sebastien was away from American and into the world of Japanese cars.

“One day I was watching car and a came across my first video,” Sebastien says. “It was a drift tandem of two S13s in and I remember asking myself how it was to do this.

I went to my first drift in 2004 (I couldn’t sleep the before) at the age of 16. I knew that I wanted was a 240SX and that I to drift it. I did my research [and out that] those cars had to become popular in North but few had nicely done engine (at that time).”

Now before you get all up in a Sebastien’s first car was not this two-tone Silvia you see before No, instead it was a hand-me-down Triumph a car that had only one good feature according to Sebastien. was the first time I could drifting even if [the had only 88 hp and was not so pretty. At least it was drive!”

After searching and hard for a clean 240, eventually became frustrated by the rough condition in which he was the 240s in his area. Because is a Canadian (French Canadian Quebec to be exact, problème?), he to instead look to the motherland for He came across a mint-condition S13 Silvia on a shipment that was en route to Canada, he immediately the car had to be his.

After seeing the car at a local event a few weeks later, tracked down the importer and his life away. Not literally, but you get the

Sebastien spent the next few slowly modifying the S13 as his need for continued to grow. The CA18DET is gone, and in its place resides a built S15 SR20DET. Boost is by a Precision 5557 turbocharger, by a slew of nice parts a custom exhaust manifold and An AEM EMS V2 performs engine-management duties, and the was good for a hefty 373 hp. Sebastien us it should be pushing the 400 mark.

has spent a fair amount of working through his suspension; a long period of running on a set of mismatched coilovers, he now rolls on PBM supported by TEIN tension and Megan toe and rear upper arms.

The interior is subtle and to the point. A of S15 front and rear seats are changes that only a S-chassis fan would even Because the car is an actual JDM Silvia, is none of the usual retrofitted sadly oftentimes hacked) work to make this car drive. The exterior is very back as well, with a OEM style rather than the outlandish drifting kits is not fond of.

A USDM 240SX lip and the “GT-R”–style grille replaces the (in our much-worse-looking standard-issue Silvia grille.

The factory two-tone remains, and the way it looks is actually cool. Two-tone paint is hard to pull off, but S13 can do it. It’s one of the few Japanese cars of the era still looks nice with the neomodern, retro, paint theme. The biggest modification on Sebastien’s car is the wheels—CCW

Sized at 18×9.5 +10mm in and 18×10.5 +22 in the back, these complement the rest of the car quite

At the end of the day, what Sebastien has isn’t really crazy or off the It’s an incredibly clean built the right way, and by a who knows what he wants. has done the vast majority of the on this car himself, and he loves so much that it’s his day job.

We hope Sebastien to build his Silvia how he wants and to drive it hard. Because in his “In the end, it’s the heart and you put into your project that make them and beautiful.” We couldn’t have it better ourselves.


’89 Nissan Silvia

Nissan SR20DET turbocharged

Nissan Silvia

Engine Modifications JE 86.5mm Eagle rods; ARP main studs; O-ringed block; and blueprinted; BC springs retainers, 264 custom exhaust manifold downpipe; Precision 5557 turbocharger; Turbonetics 45mm Fujitsubo after-cat exhaust; intake manifold; Nismo injectors, engine mount; fuel pressure regulator; 255-lph fuel pump;

Engine Management AEM EMS V2, IAT sensor, solenoid; MSD 3-bar map

Drivetrain lightweight flywheel; Bully 2 clutch; Nismo 2-way w/ 4.30:1 final drive, mount

Suspension PBM coilovers; tension rods; Megan rear upper control Full energy suspension kit

Interior S15 seats (f/r) HKS gauge; Sony radio; handbrake button; Taylor battery relocation box

Exterior GTR ’89-’90 240SX front Canadian 240SX side smoked taillights

Wheels, Brakes CCW Classic wheels inch +10mm (f) 18×10.5 +22mm (r); Falken tires 225/40R18 (f) 235/40R18 300ZX aluminum front Brembo discs; Hawk HP+ DOT 4 fluid

Special Thanks All my and family!

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