If I had come across this picture posted at the Cohort by johnh875 without a caption identifying it, I would have been utterly stumped. The best I might have come up with is its Japanese origin. But it would have been a stretch to connect it to the last generation Nissan Silvia, the S15, which went out of production in 2002. For what it’s worth, this wasn’t even built by Nissan per se, but by Autech, its tuner division, and based on their Spec-S version of the Silvia.
Of course, once I knew what it was, I started seeing the Silvia hidden in there; or at least my brain rationalized that. We never got this final generation of Silvia, but I did include it in my survey of Silvias a few years back at the old site. I’ll have to refresh that and bring it over. In the meantime, if you’d like to indulge in a little bit of even more vintage Silva love, which also includes a shot of the regular S15, head right this way.