Everyone as well as their brother has produced a Nissan 240SX or knows a person who has. We’ll be honest, too; it’s one of the most featured cars somewhere between these pages, which is why we also put together an all S-chassis issue last October. But may you blame us? It’s by far among the sexiest and a lot affordable rear-wheel drive coupes that can be tailored to do whatever your heart desires-street drift, track or show. Its versatility is amongst the car’s many beauties, not to mention the tuning options are practically unlimited. In spite of the S-chassis being discontinued by Nissan for years, you may still see they are still as popular in the scene as they were back then, which is why enthusiasts like Richard Fisher owns, not one, but two S-chassis project cars!
The sexy topless S13 is Richard’s latest creation. Before dipping into Nissans, the Chicago native messed around with a couple Volkswagens and an STI. When heAs the exclusive distributor for TRA Kyoto’s Rocket Bunny line, they killed the scene with cars like their all-black, LS-swapped S13 that graced the cover of our Nissan issue last year. Quality cars and great craftsmanship was the reason people like Richard went to them to help create his first S-chassis project, a 450hp LS2-swapped S14 track monster. This time around it would be for a much different purpose, although richard loved it so much he picked up this ’92 convertible for his next build.
“The whole idea behind this build wasn’t necessarily for function but more for looks,” David Lee of TF Works told us. “It wasn’t built to run the fastest lap time but was meant to turn heads. Richard saw our black Rocket Bunny car and fell in love with how it looked with the wheel and flares fitment. We wanted to go with a similar kind of look when it came to his convertible.”
The drop top was already a rare model of the 240 and fitting it with a Rocket Bunny kit would only make it very much sweeter. Before it was actually slammed via new coilovers and rear control arms from Stance USA, tF Works ordered beefy 18×9.5 front and 18×11.5 rear Work Meister wheels to fill the over-fenders. TF Works convinced him to complement the bronze wheel color giving a lovely contrast, because Richard desired to paint the automobile white. Adding the final touch to the exterior was the signature vinyl scheme that follows suit to the original Rocket Bunny cars.
1992 nissan 240SX convertible alpine subwoofer
1992 nissan 240SX convertible work meister
1992 nissan 240SX convertible racetech 4000 seats
If you notice the convertible top looks different from the rest, it’s because Richard wanted the pillars taken off. “There’s a pillar where window sits that holds the seat belt harnesses,” David explained. “He didn’t like how it stuck out so we chopped it well and filled the area up. Then we ripped out the convertible top and filled that in also.” Just what does that mean? You’re looking at an S13 that’s permanently topless now!
To the interior, Richard did a few unique things which stick out like a sore thumb. The seats aren’t your typical race buckets or recliners. Instead the driver and passenger relax comfortably in a pair of Racetech 4000 low-back seats-don’t find out about the seatbelts. Designed for custom and boats car builders, these are typically short enough so you can’t see them when looking eye level with the car.
We can’t also forget about the trunk. Richard figured the S13 would only be utilized for summertime cruising; he might too invest some cash into a good audio system. So TF Works transformed the entire rear in a sub enclosure by ripping out the seats and installing a ginormous 15 Alpine sub within a custom box.
Of course, TF Works couldn’t let a 240 leave the shop without having a bit of power. So, they swapped in a JDM SR20 motor along with a few necessary bolt-ons like a bigger S15 turbo, full exhaust and cams.carried out to the car but that’s the good thing about it. This is just a prime example that you can build an S-chassis car however you want to. In Richard’s case, he’s filled two voids in his life. He already has an LS-powered S14 for that track and today he can cruise around and pick up chicks in his widebody S13 drop top.
“No one I’ve seen has ever remove the pillars or turned the whole rear into a sub enclosure,” David concluded. “It’s diverse from what the majority of the S-chassis guys are doing now. Richard already has a serious car that can run circles around anything on the track but this is certainly cool to check at and like hardly anything else on the street.”