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Autotrader Find: LS-Swapped Nissan 240SX

Here’s a one-of-a-kind version of a rare Nissan coupe. The Nissan 240SX was sold in the United States from the 1989 through the 1998 model years. Built on a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive platform, the 240SX is popular in the drifting community, and thus used examples are highly desirable and often sell for seemingly inflated figures.

The second-gen 240SX was introduced for the 1995 model year and packed a basic 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine making just 155 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque. Because these figures are a little underwhelming, and given its appeal as a drift car, the 240SX is a prime candidate for modification. In the case of this 1997 example, the original 4-cylinder has been swapped out for a 400-hp GM V8.

The seller says that while the odometer shows 102,000 miles, the mileage on this 240SX is likely much higher. The LS2 engine was plucked from a 2006 Pontiac GTO and is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The seller says that the car runs as though it were offered from the factory with this powertrain and that the power steering, air conditioning, tachometer and speedometer function as they’re supposed to. The paint has recently been redone, and the headlights are new as well. If you’re interested in a drift-ready vehicle with a fire-breathing American V8 under its hood, this LS-swapped 1997 Nissan 240SX is in Chula Vista, California, with an asking price of $21,000. Find a Nissan 240SX for sale

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    • Pretty easy, actually. You can readily install a *newer* engine into an older chassis if the emissions systems are installed and functional. Let’s face it; That LS2 is from a car more than ten years newer and produces fewer emissions than the original 4 cylinder.

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Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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