1991 Nissan Laurel C33 Medalist
Available for: $18,497
Stock Number: 4986
For those who prefer something just as sporty, yet more unique and exclusive than a Skyline sedan, we highly recommend the Laurel. The rare 4 door coupe profile is underpinned by a turbo six-cylinder, manual transmission, sending the power to the right set of wheels. Produced from 1989 to 1993, the Laurel is a hidden gem in Nissan's wide slate of sedan options. They took the best parts of the Skyline with the suspension of the S13, which are arguably the best parts of each model, and rolled them all into one glorious package. It certainly isn't going to be mistaken for someone else's car in the parking lot. Finished in a stately White Pearl Two-Tone (2J9) it's the perfect color combo to offset the boxy bodylines. Those with a keen eye will spot the turbo bumper which has the inlet off to the passenger side for the side mount intercooler to be fed. The wing outback is subtle and really polishes off the back end. The paint shows quite well with no real blemishes to note. There are always going to be some clear coat scratches and stone chips, but nothing worth writing home about. The body is in the same shape which is awesome since these are quite large when you put them next to an R32. The exterior has been kept pretty much all stock with the exception of being lowered on a set of Kei Office adjustable coilovers. The rolling stock Nissan chose was a bit bland so instead, a set of 18" AVS Model 7s wrapped in fresh rubber look far more aggressive. Otherwise, everything has been left just the way Nissan intended since there's no point in messing with a good thing.
Unlike your S and R chassis cars, the C33 has a proper luxury interior that you can actually enjoy spending time in. The tan seats and door panels are a prime choice for the two-tone bodywork. Both the front and back seats are in great shape. Normally we expect some bolster wear or sun fading since there's so much glass but we don't have any of that to deal with on this one. The only real gripe would be the door panels beginning to delaminate a bit which is rather common with these, and Nissan's in general for that fact. Even the original carpets have held up quite well. The expansive dash has held up great which is another common Nissan issue from this era. The gauge cluster is a simple layout that's easy to read and covers all the basics. You even got a classy analog clock mounted in the center of the dash which is all but a gone item in cars these days. Next to that is a simple climate control system that is easy to use and does have an automatic feature so you can simply set it and forget it. The A/C is pumping along nicely for the upcoming spring weather but you'll likely find yourself with all four windows since the pillarless design is really the coolest trait. Assuming you're rolling solo you can even disconnect the passenger seat belt so it doesn't interfere with the lines visually. You do get all the basic power accessories of the time like your power windows, power-folding mirrors, and power locks as well which make day-to-day life a bit easier. The only deviation from stock is the Momo Race wheel which is a bit sleeker than the clunky stock one and fits the sportier vibe of the AVS's. The radio has also been replaced though seems to have rather limited function which isn't much of a surprise. Luckily that's right easy to swap out for something newer and US compatible down the road.
The driveline is simple to work on, reliable, and built to last. Originally a non-turbo car, this C33 now boasts an RB20DET. Originally it left the factory with an RB20E and a 5 speed but since the turbo motor is plug and play at some point the beefier unit was swapped in. The 115K miles the cluster reads is verified but that will only directly relate to the chassis due to the motor swap. With the exception of the Blitz Advance Power Air Cleaner, the engine bay has been left untouched. Thanks to a fresh 12V battery the RB is quick to fire up and settles into a quiet idle since the exhaust hasn't been touched. Of course, there are a slew of options out there if you want to get a bit more tone out of it since RBs so sound amazing at full chat. The two-liter is surprisingly smooth, and with a tap of the accelerator, you'll quickly find yourself in ticket territory so you've been warned. The 5-speed rows through the gears with ease and the clutch is rather forgiving for getting over the initial learning curve of shifting with your left hand. Power is sent seamlessly to the back wheels as any proper GT should. The lowered suspension makes for a more sporty profile and firms up the ride considerably overstock but no so harsh as to beat you up on your morning commute. With their longer wheelbase, these handle particularly well and are right light on their feet. While back with our techs we also replaced the serpentine belts and retightened the valve covers for good measure. For the enthusiasts who don't want to drive what everyone else does, this could be the ticket. The styling is one of a kind, the drivetrain is legendary, all while being a comfortable cruiser when you want it to be.
*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.