1990 Nissan Laurel C33

Sold: $12,995

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Stock Number: 4252

For those who prefer something just a sporty, yet more unique and exclusive than a Skyline sedan, we highly recommend the Laurel. The rare, pillarless, profile is underpinned by a turbo six-cylinder, manual transmission, sending the power to the right set of wheels. Offered as a purpose-built chassis, geared towards the enthusiast that likes to slide, this 1990 model is finished in a classic Black Pearl Metallic (732). The body is in good shape other than some dings that pepper the lower doors, and the normal chips and scuffs associated with day to day use. Boasting several expensive performance upgrades, what this C33 lacks in refinement, it certainly makes up for in raw performance.

The trademark of this generation was the pillarless styling, which created a massive daylight opening and unobstructed visibility for lane changes and parking. Admittedly defeating the purpose and bolt in cage has been installed in Japan to increase rigidity and rollover safety. largely unobtrusive, entry through the front and rear isn't affected much, if any. A Nismo knob and aftermarket wheel give a more aggressive tone to the inside, and a set of Defi gauges monitor the engine oil and coolant. The brown swaths of color mix with charcoal plastics to create a different color combination than you would see in traditional cars of this era. The door cards and headliners are still taut against the roof and door panels, and aside for some thinning material on the passenger bucket, have been well maintained. A Bride adjustable driver's seat keeps the pilot snug in the corners, although it does have some bolster wear to note. Many of the power amenities still function, like the door lock and windows, and best of all the power windows still manage auto-fold at the touch of a button. The digital climate pumps heat into the Laurel so it can be driven through the winter, and for nighttime cruises, a set of HIDs have been installed. Also, the audio system is inoperable, but most enthusiasts will prefer the straight pipe and turbo whine of the RB anyhow.

The driveline is simple to work on, reliable, and built to last. Originally a non-turbo car, this C33 now boasts an RB20DET. This 1998cc mill powers the Skyline, Cefiro, and several other imports, so parts availability isn't a concern. Benefiting from a new 12V battery and fresh oil service, the Laurel happily cranks over with a turn of the key and starts every time. The two-liter is surprisingly smooth, and with a tap of the accelerator, gets up to and above highway speeds. Due to a cluster swap we couldn't verify the mileage, but the engine still pulls hard. A few power adders should be mentioned including a set of blast pipes, and an HPI intake and front mount setup. The RB has a noticeably deeper bark and the sound of air rushing through the charge pipes in intoxicating! A Blitz electronic boost controller is on standby if you need it, but rest assured, she feels plenty powerful just as she sits. The five-speed manual sends power through an upgraded NISMO differential to the rear wheels, as any proper sports car does. The lowered suspension makes for a more sporty profile and firms up the ride considerably overstock. additional rigidity comes from a Cusco front strut tower brace, to supplement the cage. Forged GT-R wheels, which have been polished, obscure a set of GT-R brakes front and rear. Four new tires have been mounted and balanced by one of our expert technicians, and handle grip in the wet and dry.

For the enthusiasts who don't want to drive what everyone else does, this could be the ticket. The playful driveline, unique exterior, and quality parts used on this 1990 Laurel are why its a certified Japanese Classic, and a ride you won't want to miss out on.

*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.

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