Junkyard Find: 1991 Nissan Sentra SE-R, Maybe

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1991 nissan sentra se r maybe

You see a lot of early-90s Sentras in the junkyard these days, most of them having become too beat to be worth fixing when something breaks, but you don’t run into a lot of junkyard SE-Rs. The question in this case is: are we looking at a real SE-R?

The spoiler and trunk emblem look correct…

The engine is gone, which is what you’d expect from a factory hot rod in a self-service yard in which all four-cylinder engines are the same price, regardless of vehicle.

But hold on a minute! Didn’t all SE-Rs come with disc brakes on all four corners?

So, we’re looking at a regular ’91 Sentra with an SE-R trunklid, or a real SE-R with a drum-brake conversion. Which do you think is more likely?

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  • BangForYourBuck BangForYourBuck on Mar 06, 2012

    I had an '87 Sentra 5 spd. W/o question, the best car I've owned. It cheerfully racked up 256k mi. before it was rear-ended. :(

  • Randy Randy on Mar 07, 2012

    I was a proud owner of a black 91 Nissan Sentra SE-r (new)... and it had extra tail light inserts that cover the trunk lid on each side of the license plate... I would say this car has badge envy...

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