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Small-town dealer has immaculate S12 that you NEED to own

6 June, 2017


It ain’t every day that you stumble across perhaps one of the best examples of Silvia rarity, and it sure as hell ain’t everyday that it’s located at a Chevy dealership in middle of nowhere USA. But here is that exact gem, a first-year-only colour, super-low kilometre, and triple pedal example of ’80s radness — a left-hook 1984 Datsun 200SX Turbo hatch.

While we know the Silvia range well down under, it’s a somewhat unknown and ‘foreign’ term to most of the American public — bar the hardcore Japanese-tin fans that will know of the  S13, S14, and maybe S15. I mean, its even still badged as a Datsun …

Perhaps that’s why this particular example hasn’t already become a drift missile and still represents the sophisticated sport coupe-era of the ‘80s. It’s powered by a SOHC CA18ET heart, premiering the ultimate in era technological advances like turbos and the magnificences of  multi-port injection.

It has only seen 58,692km of driving duties, which is rather impressive for it’s age, and the seller claims it has been stored indoors for its entire existence. It has also recently undergone a serious amount of maintenance to bring it back to health after sitting for some time. 

If you fancy getting your hands on this near-on museum condition piece of automotive goodness, there is still time on the eBay auction — it will set you back approximately $14,705 NZD for buy cost alone at the moment and no doubt will shoot up in the last minutes (then you need to factor in the rest).

Will we see it on our shores? Probably not, still pretty awesome though.


Saltwater Creek Garage

After passing by this building for many years, I decided to call in and ask the owner about his garage and the car that had been parked there. It was a 1982 Hyundai Pony 1200 TLS that he’d inherited from his mother who had bought it when it was nearly new. I was fortunate enough to buy it from him — many had approached him over the years but were turned away. After sitting out there for that long you could not imagine how dirty it was. At least it had never been wet in all that time. The interior is a mid-blue and almost like new — in fact his mother, Irene, had still retained the original factory-fitted thick clear-plastic cover over the mid-blue vinyl door panels.

Lunch with … Roger Bailey

Roger’s story is a classic illustration of what hard work, honesty to the point of brutal frankness, a ‘can-do’ approach, and a racer’s brain can get you in this sport of car racing. Roger, or ‘Boost’ as he’s known up and down the pitlanes of America, was who Kenny Smith turned to when he was dragging a reluctant teenager around the different pit garages at Laguna Seca.
“Scott [Dixon] kept complaining that it was too hot and he just wanted to go back to the hotel pool. I had to tell him that I was trying to secure his future — we weren’t getting much of a look in until we saw Roger who knew everyone and set about introducing Scott as New Zealand’s next big thing.