Trust us, it's cheap.
If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive premium foreign car no one else is likely to have, then you really ought to consider buying a JDM vehicle. The one caveat: they're right-hand drive. Going to the drive-thru will be more challenging, no doubt, but at least you'll have a good excuse; JDM cars are simply cool. They have personality and various design quirks not found on American-built vehicles and those destined for our shores. The Nissan R32 and R33 Skyline have become fairly popular purchases for JDM enthusiasts lately, but they can get expensive depending on the condition.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of affordable JDM options, such as this extremely rare 1979 Nissan Silvia S110. It's currently up for sale at JDM Auto Imports in Wisconsin for a downright affordable price tag of $21,995.
Aside from its cool retro styling inside and out, this old Silvia just screams personality. In the US, where the Nissan 370Z and GT-R are the only coupes the brand still sells, this generation Silvia was known and sold as the 200SX but there were several cosmetic differences between it and Japan's car. This particular example is equipped with SSR XR4 Longchamp Wheels and features a JDM-only lower front fascia. And yes, the side mirrors are bolted to the front fenders instead of the A-pillars.
Under the hood is the Z18 1.4-liter inline-four rated at 104 horsepower and 108 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, the original plan was for it to have a Nissan-built rotary engine, but this idea was ditched after the engine, not surprisingly, proved to be unreliable. Power goes to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox. There are only 29,000 original miles on its clock and based on the images it's nearly flawless inside and out.
Its new owner will immediately be bogged down with questions from those who have no clue what they're looking at and those who do. The latter group will be far more interesting. For example, you'll probably end up discussing the fact the Silvia's S-platform remained in production (though with regular updates) until 2002 and was last seen in the US in 1998, underpinning the Nissan 240SX. The platform later underpinned the 240RS rally car, Nissan's official entry in the World Rally Championship from 1983 until 1985. Even the interior is a talking point. The premium cloth-covered seats have a, shall we say, very 1970s color and pattern.
Nissan Silvias this old are not only hard to find in Japan and the US (as the 200SX), but few, if any, still look this good. And that price makes it even more tempting.