A pending move is claimed to be the motivating factor behind today’s sale Good price or no dice Sentra Coupe. Let’s see if its price will entice potential buyers to take action.
There was once a common maxim in the automotive world that there is no substitute for cubic inches. This was, of course, before we discovered the plethora of substitutes, such as turbos, extra camshafts, etc. There’s still a lot to love about a car with a big engine and not just yesterday’s 1974 Jensen Interceptor it had a big-block 440 V8 under its hood, but it fed the monster mill through a cold intake with three two-barrel carburetors. It was just the icing on the cake of what overall seemed to be a well presented albeit flawed car, and it led 74% of you to give it a Nice Price at $29,900 asking .
One of the requirements of any big car owner is to have a skill known on the street as a gas pump whisperer. He’s someone who knows exactly when gas prices might drop and then hit, pumping like there’s no tomorrow before prices spike again. It’s a very specialized ability necessitated by driving a car that suffers from mileage in the tweens or worse.
Or, you can just get a car that gets decent mileage and call it a day.
Having a sip of gas doesn’t mean having to drive around in a boring or uninteresting car. In fact, there are plenty of older cars on the market these days that are not only fuel efficient, but feature flamboyant styling that today’s automakers tend to shy away from. This means you can have your funk and not go broke at the pumps.
Admittedly, finding a car that meets these criteria but is also in good condition can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are a few examples, many of which belonged to older people who treated them well and used them sparingly.
This seems to be the case with this 1987 Nissan Sentra Sport Coupewhich, according to the seller, was purchased from the original owner, who is described as “an elderly woman who rarely drove”.
Now, while it’s red, just like the super stock Dodge depicted in the Jan & Dean ditty, The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena), this Sentra isn’t going to win impromptu street races. Not with its 70-hp 1.6-liter SOHC four that powers its skinny, tired front wheels through the standard five-speed manual. It should, however, get pretty decent fuel economy on regular gas, and will look pretty dope doing so thanks to its funky hatchback coupe body.
The seller describes the condition of the car as “good” in the ad, but that seems to condemn it with low praise based on the photos. These show decent bodywork with glossy paint and only a few noticeable dents in the metal underneath.
There is also some fading and chips in the rear bumper and window trim, which is not surprising given the age of the car. Coincidentally, this window trim surrounds a large, intricately curved glass hatch at the rear, just like on yesterday’s Jensen! Beneath it all are the four-legged Sentra sport factory alloys that all retain their Nissan-branded center caps nicely.
The cabin of this 71,000-mile Sentra also seems to have held up well, although two aspects immediately jump out in the photos. The former is the most ill-fitting floor mat that has ever slackly adorned a dashboard. It’s quite hideous. The other is the front bucket seats which appear to be upholstered in blue fabric while the rest of the interior is gray and black. Now, this could just be a turn of light, or it could indicate that the seats were replaced at some point. Either way, they look comfy as heck. A glass sunroof lets plenty of light into the cabin, though there doesn’t seem to be any extra fading to the fabrics from all that extra lighting.
There’s no information on the condition of the car’s mechanics and honestly, given the age of the car and no indication under the hood of a recent timing belt replacement, that might be a point on the smart agenda for the next owner. The title is clean and the seller says he does not want to sell the Sentra but faces a Sophie’s choicedillema-style that required them to choose which of the two cars to take with them on an impending move. Apparently the Sentra lost the toss.
To tackle this discontinued Sentra, the seller is asking $6,900. And, while the seller rates the car’s condition as “good”, it’s unlikely anyone could find many others in this beautiful shape. Is that, however, $6,900 nice?
What do you think? Should this sports coupe sell for a stack of simoleons at this price? Or, for that many dollars, does this Sentra just not make much sense?
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