1992 Nissan Laurel C33
Produced from 1989 to 1993, this Nissan Laurel is a hidden gem in Nissan's wide slate of sedan offerings of the time. While even today, the Skyline sedan commands a market premium, the Laurel can be had with the same drivetrain yet with more distinctive packaging. Finished in Black Pearl Metallic, complimented with Gold rolling stock, the body of this C33 is straight with no notable dings of dents. The OEM front lip and Kouki tail lights complete the exterior; as this angular, pillarless, four door has a very distinct road presence. The roomy, manual, RB powered saloon is great to look at, but it drives even better.
The interior layout of the Laurel compared to many of its contemporaries is refreshing. To describe it as no-nonsense and clean might fit the bill. Instead of hard plastics on the dash, this C33 has upscale dark burl wood. Instead of the trendy digital clocks, Nissan's designers chose a simple analog style unit. The dash looks long, but lies low and thanks to the lack of pillars gives the C33 supreme viability. Behind the wheel the driver will note a few small upgrades that belies this Laurels sporting nature. A well bolstered Recaro bucket keeps the operator snug and tied down. A smaller diameter, three-spoke racing wheel has also been installed providing much better grip than the large factory unit. The gauges are all easy to read, and function as does the heat. The A/C system is all there however will need a compressor to function. Luckily the rear privacy tint does a nice job of keeping the in cabin temps down. The switch gear is functional as well, and the power windows and locks make daily use much more livable. A Nismo knob and short shift linkage add a bit more feedback, and highlight the manual transmission. The door cards have their typical wear, as they're known for puckering, but have been reattached as best they can be. The seats, carpets, and headliner are all in good shape as well, sans the normal wear that comes with a 27 year shelf life.
The best part of this C33 lies below the skin, and that is saying something. The RB20DET fire up immediately, with its characteristic thrum. A new 12V battery has been installed and should last for the next four to five years, even through the cold winter months. The Laurel idles smoothly, and has surprisingly low vibration. With only 104K verfied miles on this car, the engine has tons of life left in it. The Blitz intake increases power and helps the turbocharger to make all the right sounds. Twin blast pipes allow for better flow after the catalytic converter, and deepens the exhaust note considerably. Eagerly, the inline six accelerates through the gears, and the transmission is happy to oblige without any reservations. A fresh oil service has been performed by one of our factory trained technicians, and wont be due for another three thousand miles. The coilovers, produced by Acre allow for flatter cornering and improved aesthetics, and ride well. While a touch firmer than stock, the C33 does eat up the corners. The brakes stop the Laurel well, and don't seem to fade much when driven more spiritedly. Diamond Racing custom polished steel wheels, 15 inches of diameter feature powder coated gold centers. In order to properly fit out back the rear fenders have been fully rolled.
This uniquely styled, well rounded, sports sedan is a unique JDM vehicle. Featuring a stout Skyline drivetrain, a pillar less physique, and a stable chassis make this 1992 Laurel a perfect, turn-key Japanese Classic.
*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.