Never has a car reminded me so much of my first S13 than Josh’s UK 200SX that you see here. As his daily driver, simplicity and practicality are key, while the essentials to make it suitable for track use have been added tastefully so as to not affect everyday usage.
There are no big fibreglass bumpers to be found here; just the factory standard UK items. S13 “Pignose” style front bumpers and lips are known for their virtual indestructibility and still look great with the correct ride height, so using one is definitely a no brainer if you plan on using your car regularly and have to run a gauntlet of unexpected speed bumps on the odd occasion.
These photos were actually taken a few months ago and, since then, Josh has replaced the side skirts that you see here with more subtle “Chuki” items that are sought after by many S13 owners.
There are no super deep dish wheels or aggressively flared arches to be found here either. Josh has opted for a set of WORK VS-X9 in 17×8 and 17×9 sizes that exude the late 1990s style that he was aiming for. The inner lips of both the front wings and rear arches have been folded flat but, aside from that, no further arch modifications have taken place.
The interior is all about practicality and usability, with the only modifications being a Nardi Classic steering wheel, an aftermarket shift knob and a drift handbrake button. Of course, a quintessential cup holder has also been added as a result of Nissan forgetting to include such a useful addition from factory, as well as an aftermarket head unit.
Being a UK car, Josh’s S13 was originally fitted with a CA18. As is the norm though, this has since been replaced by a Bent Cam SR20 that was sourced from a UK S14, with Josh doing the swap himself as quickly as possible to avoid being car-less for too long. When your cool car is your only car, you tend to get work done on it much faster than if it was a project car parked up in a garage or unit.
It’s cars like this that I really have an attraction too. Sure, it might not be as great to drift on track as a car with more power, wider tyres and an extreme suspension setup but it is bearable to use every single day. After all, when you’re pouring all of your hard earned money into a car, you might as well get some regular use out of it, right?