It only takes a few items to hold together a friendship for a lifetime. In this case, it’s the love of cars, which should be pretty obvious because if it were anything it wouldn’t be on this site.
It starts with two friends from high school who have grown up around the cars they love. What could possibly be better? Simple, what if those two friends could create masterpieces out of ordinary vehicles. Lucky for us, that’s just what they did with a Nissan 240SX .
We all remember the old Nissan well. It was created in 1988 and it replaced the 200SX. Every single model had the same 2.4-liter inline-four engine, although they were slightly different after the 1995 model year.
The car sold fairly well in its first six years and, in total, Nissan sold around 251,410 examples of the 240SX. It wasn’t the sales numbers or the reliability or even the looks that made this car famous, it was the ability for tuners and people who love cars to modify it to make something special.
Welcome to one of the best-modified 240SXs we have seen.
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Our two high school friends must have been big Nissan fans, as they took a normal 1990 240SX and created a replica R33 GTR LM. Now, for some of you those letters might be a bit confusing, as the car was quite rare, so let us explain.
First off, it’s a Nissan Skyline , built between 1995 and 1988, which is what the R33 stands for. The R33 Skyline was built as the successor to the R32 and then replaced by the R34. But who wants the plain version right?
What the friends did was model the 240SX after the Nismo developed Skyline GT-R LM. In 1995, Nismo created this machine for the 24 Hour of Le Mans race and, in order to meet certain regulations, a street legal version had to be built.
At the racetrack the R33 LM did fairly well. It managed 10th overall and 5th in its GT1 class in the first year. The car returned, but couldn’t continue its success and, a year later, the project was dead.
The road car on the other hand was marketed as a very special piece. It was referred to as “LM Limited” and was available in Competition Blue.
Looks weren’t everything though, the 240SX had to be replicated in the same way as the R33 LM, including engine build, identical turbochargers, and the same street wheels. What they created was a poor mans GTR.
On the exterior, the 240SX got a Silva Front End, Dmax Type I Aero Kit, Dmax +50mm rear fenders, +25 front fenders, a vented hood, silver paint, black roof, and a GTR grille.
The inside was redone in black with factory carpet, five-point harnesses, and a few tuner bits, like boost gauges, oil temperature gauges, Sparco Evo seats, and a Formula D spec cage.
The normal 2.4-liter four-cylinder motor was thrown out for the 2.6-liter R33 RB26DETT from the GTR, with a bit of aftermarket parts. These include a custom drive shaft, engine mounts, engine harness, intercooler, radiator, downpipe, intake pipes, 800cc injectors, custom exhaust, GTR Lemans Nismo turbochargers, and race bearings.
Helping the car stay on the road are KW Clubsport Double Adjustable Coilovers and BBS LM GT 17x10+20 street wheels. On the track, the car runs on Gram Lights 17x9+12 wheels.
As you can see, this is one amazing 1990 Nissan 240SX.