1991 Nissan Laurel Medalist Club L
Stock Number: 4700
The '90s provided us with a ton of great performance sedans, many of which fall under the radar to the more common sports cars like the Skyline and Silvia. So why not take the best attributes of both and roll them into a proper 4 door coupe? Taking the heart of the Skyline and mating the handling of the S13 made it a real underrated performer. It's hard body lines are both aggressive yet still remain subtle. With its frameless B-pillar the side profile simply can't be matched by any other sedans on the road. Originally Super White (326) it's evident that the car has seen a few different colors over its lifetime. The engine bay and trunk are still the original white, while the doors are the typical Juniper Green (DH0) which was one of the more common colors for these. It has since been swapped to a more traditional Super Black (KH3.) Full Hippo Sleek style aero takes the car from an understated sedan to a much more aggressive street drift style. Origin Labo vented fenders match the style perfectly and give some extra clearance for the white 18" Stage Belmont wheels wrapped in fresh Falken Rubber. Based on the overall condition it looks like the color change was done when the aero was added since it all matches out rather well. The kit mates up pretty well with all the factory bodywork which can't be said about all of the aftermarket aero that we see come through here. Of course, it's not as good as factory pieces would be but it certainly doesn't look like it was pieced together as an afterthought. The body does have some small dents and dings, but what 29-year-old vehicle doesn't? The Laurel looks wicked from every angle now and is sure to warrant plenty of questions since it's unlike anything running around on the streets today.
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 a bit, a full Cusco bolt-in cage was installed to increase rigidity and add some rollover safety. Generally unobtrusive upfront when you go climbing in, we've had plenty that are far more cumbersome to deal with. Luckily this one isn't a through dash style since this one is in good condition. The same cannot be said about the back seats though. They are at least still present for sound deadening purposes which is nice but don't expect many to be jumping at the opportunity to climb back there. Unlike your typical drift car, this one actually still has the stock seats which are surprisingly comfortable. They offer a ton of support yet have enough bolstering to keep you in place. Overall they're in good condition but not perfect. There is some sun fading and light discoloration but are free of the bigger issues like rips or seam separation. The same can be said about the door panels as they also show some signs of wear but are in generally good condition. Typically with Nissan's, they start to delaminate and peel but we don't have any of that to deal with. Since the interior has been left mostly all intact it's still relatively comfortable for longer cruises. It still even has all the power accessories like climate control, power windows, power locks, and even power-folding mirrors. The stock wheel was ditched in favor of a classic wood grain three-spoke. The bubble shifter is common in Japan but not everyone's cup of tea, luckily it can easily be replaced since they're simply threaded pieces. Atop the steering column is a Blitz Turbo Timer and Pivot Speed Meter. The bigger upgrade is the A'PEXi S-AFCII tucked off to the left of the center console.
The best part of this C33 lies below the skin, and that is saying something. The RB20DET fire up immediately, with its characteristic thrum, thanks to a full turbo-back exhaust. Since all of the cats and resonators were replaced with straight pipes a Kakimoto muffler was added, but make no bones about it, this one isn't subtle in the least. As soon as you turn the key heads will follow as well. Then again, with something like that we wouldn't want it any other way. An open filter intake is mounted atop a Z32 MAF to feed plenty of air to the turbo, and if that wasn't enough a massive front mount intercooler fills the front bumper. With the open intake, you get all of the typical turbo flutter which is half the fun of a turbo car. In order to run an upgraded MAF like that you have to run a tuned ECU, however, we haven't cracked it open to see what management system was used. A nice aluminum catch can sits behind the passenger headlight to help prevent blowby as well. As if the cage didn't already stiffen up the chassis a GAB Sport strut tower brace sits atop the engine bay as well. Obviously, the stock suspension wasn't going to cut it with everything else that's been done so Tanabe CST Zero-1 coilovers were fitted. That allows for a more fitting stance and to cut down on body roll for added control. With added power, you need added stopping power just as much so Z32 calipers replace the smaller stock ones. Also with added power, you need to be able to actually put it to the ground. A twin-disc clutch makes sure there's no slippage while an upgraded 2 way LSD is outback. Both of these do make normal day-to-day driving a little bit more aggressive in case you've never experienced a car with these, but are all certainly manageable. The 5 speed is crisp to row through and has no issues handling all of the upgrades. Due to an apparent cluster swap at some point, we couldn't verify the mileage, but it currently sits at 97K miles. Despite the mileage verification the engine still fires up quickly and definitely pulls hard. These wildly versatile platforms can fit any bill. For the enthusiasts who don't want to drive what everyone else does, this could be the ticket. The powerful drivetrain, aggressive looks, and quality parts on this C33 are why it's a certified Japanese Classic, and a ride you won't want to miss out on.
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