Finally, a swapped, classic Japanese sportscar without the usual Chevrolet LS wedged under the hood.
Up for sale on Craigslist out of Worcester, Massachusetts is this spiffy 1984 Nissan 200SX two-door hatchback, with a 5.0-liter Ford V8 living under the hood. Both the engine and the 5-speed manual transmission to which it’s paired are out of a Ford Explorer – likely a second-generation model (1995-2001).
According to the seller, the Ford V8 and 5-speed gearbox couple with the limited-slip differential from a Nissan 300ZX, meaning this Japanese classic is ready to drift. The exhaust headers and pipes are all custom-fabricated from stainless steel, and the system terminates with a MagnaFlow muffler. An air/fuel ratio gauges, Haltech EFI with laptop interface, and air/fuel adjustment knob make tuning the 5.0L Ford V8 a breeze.
This car was once a Nissan 200SX Turbo model, but we’d feel weird referring to it as such; for one thing, its borrowed powerplant is normally-aspirated. Still, it has the usual Turbo trim bits, including “Turbo”-badged cloth seats.
For more, check out the original post on Craigslist. Or, to see this unique Ford V8-powered Nissan 200SX run, watch the video below: