1991 Nissan Laurel Club S
As the economic boom of Japan raged, Nissan developed a strong stable of sporty sedans for the Japanese market. The C33 generation Laurel slotted in nicely between the Skyline and Gloria; its performance, premium ride, perfect size and distinctive looks make it a great all around performer.
Perhaps the most distinctive trait of the Laurel is its styling. The sleek, pillar-less sedan was unlike anything offered at the time. The modern touches and tweaks allude to a high level of thoughtful design. Starting with its exterior, the gleaming two tone White Pearl (2J9) paint is devoid of any major flaws. The window trim gleams with its polished chrome. The sleek headlights and front end have been improved with a factory front chin spoiler, and a few additional LED's sprinkled into the turn indicators and fog lamps. The deepened side skirts and OEM wind deflectors affix the sides, its slab profile brightened by chrome door handles. The interior condition is equally impressive with cognac alcantara door and dash pads matching the seats. Bolstering is great, with the interiors largest flaw being drivers seat material wear. The A/C and power windows preform their duties well, and the gauges function properly. The trunk also stores some neat Alpine goodies, including a blue back lit sub woofer and amp.
Imported in much smaller numbers, the Laurel sedan shares some important bits with its legendary cousin, the Skyline. Just like the R32, our car features the stout and smooth RB20DET power plant. At only 96K verified miles, this one turns over confidently thanks to a new 12V battery, installed by one of our trained technicians. The two liter turbo-six has a really good exhaust note, as spent gasses flow through a HKS divorced down-pipe, HPI mid-pipe, and custom catback. Bring the vehicle up to date mechanically, a new set of spark plugs have been dropped in. The factory suspension has been freshened up with a set of Cusco coilovers as well. They deliver a compliant ride, quickly reacting to steering inputs from the Nardi wood wheel, without being overly harsh of large bumps. The lowered ride height and diminished fender gap are filled with polished chrome WORK LS406 wheels. Cornering has been improved thanks to a larger contact patch, two new 225/40/18 tires grip the pavement. The front structure is further tied together with a matching Cusco strut tower brace, its blue brackets matching the Samco silicon radiator hoses under the hood. A Greddy front mounted intercooler, adds some additional cooling to the charged air. Rowing through the smooth shifting 5-speed is a blast. The Laurel stops better with clamping force being distributed through gold 300ZX brakes with slotted rotors filling up the space behind the wheels nicely.
If driving something a little more rare than the average JDM import is important to you, then the Laurel definitely deserves your consideration. It's unique body work belies a sporty drive train, that can be used in numerous ways. If its daily driving, or a local Cars and Coffee outing, the C33 is perfect!
*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.