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Project Cars: 1999 Nissan Silvia S15

The CarAdvice team reveals what's hidden away in their sheds and backyards awaiting some TLC.

She’s my first and only car, a 1999 Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-R, and one I affectionately refer to as Rachael.

The Silvia models had never really done anything for me growing up, but after driving a friend’s newly purchased S15 I became obsessed with the balance and styling of the car and had to have one.

I found my particular example in 2011 by filtering a used car search to ‘Price: Lowest to Highest’ – which was pure muscle memory at that point – and there she was, proudly sitting at the top of the page.

I’d go onto understand exactly why about six months later when I’d saved enough to buy the still-listed car and the extent of work it needed became evident.

Though, with every seized brake caliper, blown gasket or worn suspension bushing came a chance for me to replace and upgrade, learning as I did. The entire process has been a project in every sense of the word, both for the car and for myself.

My mantra for the Silvia has always been “how would a hardcore, in-house tuning company have released this car?”, so comfort and performance existing in harmony has always been at the forefront of suspension, engine, braking and styling work done to the car.

She’s not on the road now, but I hope to have her back better than ever soon.

  • Current Status: Expensive paperweight
  • Odometer: 143,000km… apparently
  • Kms since last update: 0
  • Next on ‘to do’ list: Finishing off a custom trim piece to house gauges

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