1988 Nissan Cedric Y31
People ask us all the time "what do you drive?" which often comes with a mixed bag of answers. For those of you who have had a chance to check out the dealership, you've probably seen some of our personal collections. From full-on drift cars to stanced out show cars we dabble in a bit of everything. The one thing that we all agree on; Custom is Freedom. Now is one of the rare opportunities to own one of our personal vehicles. This '88 Y31 is most certainly one of a kind and has been running around with us for several years now. For those who come out to some of the East Coast shows like Stancenation, Wekfest, Tuner Evo, or Springfest may have come across this particular car in our booth. After a few years of touring with it and daily duty, it's simply time to move onto something new. As if the Y31 wasn't already a rare enough car to come by, this one has been tweaked from bow to stern. A 9 piece Junction Produce kit dramatically changes the look of the big boxy sedan. The kit blends in very well with the factory lines, unlike most aftermarket kits. With the nature of fiberglass, there are some spots of spider webbing on both the front and rear bumpers. The few spots are all pretty minor, the same goes for a small bubble in the paint on the hood. The body has been kept up with equally well with hardly any notable blemishes present. The Silver Metallic (729) paint looks great for its age and seems fitting for a car of this era. The devil is always in the details like the shaved trunk for example. Naturally, all of the lights have been upgraded to HID and LED for both the exterior and interior. Since you can't have a kitted out car at stock height Junction Produce coilovers get the big sedan down to a more acceptable ride height. Rolling on a killer set of 18" Work Meister S1's polish things off.
The Cedric was already slated as one of Nissan's premier luxury cars of the time and it still holds its own by today's standards. All of the power accessories one would anticipate; windows, mirrors locks, on top of its automatic climate control. Some touches you may not have seen coming would be full climate controls in the rear armrest and power reclining rear seats to make sure the rear occupants are never uncomfortable. The seats themselves are super plush, it's almost like riding around in a BarcaLounger. The seats have held up remarkably well and show hardly any signs of use. You'd never know that someone spent 82K verified miles in the driver's seat running up and down the East Coast. I'd be remiss not to point out the exceptionally lush factory floor mats which are in great shape. While largely all stock, there are a few small changes to the interior. An Altezza Design wood and leather-trimmed wheel replaces the clunky stock one and adds a nice touch to the driver's point of view. A Carrozzeria double din with USB input helps to modernize the cabin some and is paired with a matching powered sub in the trunk. The most surprising change is in your left hand; a proper 5-speed gear selector. All of the Y chassis were only ever sold with an automatic since these were luxury cruisers, not track stars.
Under the long hood is Nissan's VG20DET two-liter turbocharged V6 sends power to the rear wheels. Shortly after being imported a full one-off 5-speed swap was done utilizing the Z32 transmission. An Excedy SR20 clutch was used to handle the power and send it out through a custom made driveshaft. Inside the cabin, you'll notice the shortened throws thanks to a C's short-throw shifter. Most people would never know this wasn't a factory optioned manual unless you're really in tune with the Y31/Y32 platform. Mechanically the rest of the car has been kept mostly all stock aside from its APEX'i intake and KSK Catback exhaust. The intake lets the turbo be heard while the Catback gives it a very unique tone. There is an adjustable exhaust cutout located next to the trans tunnel inside the cabin so you can tweak the tone on the fly. Those with a keen eye will notice the air horn setup tucked away in the back of the engine bay that's primed and ready to blast La Cucaracha at a touch of the gas door release button. Being one of our personal cars it's been meticulously maintained over the past few years and is ready to start it's next leg of breaking necks. If you're looking for a true turn-key, one-off custom we can safely say you've found it.