Like most car enthusiasts, we spend a disproportionate amount of time scrolling through car classifieds hoping to stumble upon a unicorn or an under-priced gem from an owner who has no idea what they’re selling. So, when news surfaced of a 1997 Nissan 240SX for sale with just 1081km on the clock, we were hopeful that the owner wasn’t aware of what they were sitting on. Alas with an asking price of $125,000 USD and a backstory worthy of its own novel, this Nissan 240SX has garnered a lot of attention.
The rarity of this low mileage, meticulously kept 240SX takes a back seat to the remarkable story of how the owner acquired the car. According to Craigslist ad- which reads more like the script of an episode of Suits- the owner purchased a brand new 200SX, which was promptly returned to Nissan under the Lemon Law relating to idle issues and exchanged for a brand new 240SX. Unbeknownst to the owner, Nissan failed to mention that the new 240SX was flood-damaged, and, as a result, was returned to Nissan under the same Lemon Laws.
The Judge, who presided over both cases, was unimpressed with Nissan’s attempt to deliver a dodgy replacement vehicle and ordered that they send the owner the “finest 240SX Nissan had available and at no additional cost.”
The car in question, a “Display” 240SX originally destined for exhibition at International auto shows during 1997, was shipped to the owner complete with a “custom built mahogany showcase”, specially built “Durasteel” body and an unrivalled attention to detail.
Instead of driving the car as it was intended, the owner decided to store it away in his sister’s climate controlled living room for 20 years.
Now, as a reward for his bizarre decision to store the car, the owner wants more than five-times the original sticker price for what is one of the most remarkably unremarkable sports cars that Nissan has ever made.
Images Courtesy of Craigslist