A distinction must be made between the 240SX and the S13/14 cars.The 240sx is the USA version of it's Japanese cousins, the Nissan Silvia S13 and S14.

"Coupes" offered a Heads-up display (HUD) with a digital speedometer as part of the optional Power Convenience Group. The matte silver, teardrop wheels were replaced by polished aluminium 7-spoke wheels that had better brake cooling properties but more drag.

The nose was smoothed out by getting rid of the non-functional slots and gave back the aerodynamic efficiencies lost by the wheels.

In 1992, a convertible was added to the lineup and was exclusive to the North American market.

These vehicles began life in Japan as coupes and were later modified in the California facilities of American Specialty Cars (ASC).

The 240SX is a sports car that was introduced to the North American market by Nissan in 1988 for the following model year. Most of the 240SX were equipped with the 2.4-liter inline 4 engine (KA24E from 1989–1990 and KA24DE from 1991–1999).

The KA24E had a single overhead cam and KA24DE had dual overhead cams.

Four-wheel disc brakes were standard, with antilock brakes available as an option on the SE.

Both models were offered with either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.

However, due to the popularity of the S-chassis in drifting competitions, prices for vehicles and parts have skyrocketed, this is sometime known as a "drift tax".

The first generation of the 240SX can be divided into two distinct versions, both having the sporting advantage of rear wheel drive standard.

The 240SX is a popular car in the sport of drifting due to its short wheelbase, low cost, ample power, and abundant aftermarket support.