1993 Nissan Cedric Ultima GT
Nissan's Y32 chassis is one of the more versatile, yet understated, platforms to come out of Japan. These midsize sedans are just as at home winning awards at the local car show as they are pulling daily duty. This 1993's clean lines and sporty exterior were years ahead of its time. The body has a bit of a European flair mixed with Japanese practicality. This particular example is finished in the very rare Black Emerald (DJ2) which was only used on a handful of Cedrics. The deep green has a fantastic luster that really stands out off of the chrome trim pieces. The paint shows well for it's age however a good paint correction would go a long way as it does have some routine blemishes from being driven over the years. There are some stone chips along the front and a ding on the front of the hood that can be seen in the pictures. Nothing concerning, but we wanted to make note of it. The body has been kept to equally high standards with no major dents or scuffs. All of the body panels are straight, and look great for a vehicle produced nearly a quarter century ago. To take things up a notch a set of coilovers were installed to drop the big body down to a more appropriate ride height. The 19" Work Varianza are the final piece to the puzzle and really set the car off. The wheels are in overall great shape and are sporting a set of brand new tires.
The interior has been kept up equally well, if not better than the body has. The Cedric was positioned as an executive class vehicle, which meant it needed a more upmarket design than it's sport car counterparts. Things like fully adjustable power seats and power windows that have been tinted for privacy. To keep a more clean appearance controls for the power folding mirrors have been stashed away in a drop down compartment near the steering column. The cloth seats offer ample support for long drives while giving a more upscale look. The textured, tweed-like material is easy to clean and more resistant to punctures and tears than most seating material. It's quite clear this car has been well cared for over the years. The condition of these are quite impressive, and they do great on long highway commutes. The rear seats and carpets are in good shape as well, free of any rips/tears or notable stains. The automatic climate control does take some getting used since it's all in Japanese, but is quite easy to use. The A/C is functioning as it should and blows nice and cold.
Power comes thanks to Nissan's turbocharged 3 liter (VG30DET) V6. Of the three power plants Nissan offered for this chassis, this one is the most powerful and desirable of the options. As to be expected, the Y32 fires right up and has a nice even idle. The motor has ample torque down low and pulls strong up to highway speeds. The automatic transmission engages with ease and shifts smoothly when coming up to speed. It also has selective options for snow, normal, or sport driving which changes up the shift points to help with day to day driving. On the flip side the brakes do a great job of slowing this midsize sedan down, and gives decent pedal feedback. To ensure that the Cedric is turn key for it's next adventure out trained techs have also replaced the intake filter and a routine oil change. With their practical size and great ride characteristics the Y32 really does a great job of pulling daily duty for those looking to quietly stand out. You can rest assured knowing that when you pull up at cars and coffee you're going to be one of a kind.
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