1993 Nissan R33 Skyline GTS25 Type G
Available for: $13,995
Stock Number: 4890
The R33 Skyline sedan does just about everything well. The convenient four-door layout, peppy 2.5L straight-six, and RWD platform provided the Japanese market with a more efficient and reliable alternative to German rivals like the 3 series. Plus, at the end of the day, not everyone loves the look of the coupe, which is why we constantly get requests for sedans. Least we forget the fact that not all of us have the luxury of living the two-door lifestyle; so sometimes a sedan just makes more sense for your day-to-day life. The sedan offers all of the drive of the coupe yet space for more than just a copilot. Our latest '93 has been well preserved and accentuates why we love these so much. The body has been kept all stock since these have a rather unique styling right out of the gate. The color choice is rather hard to come by which is a nice change of pace. Dark Green Blue Pearl (BN0) with the classic Gun Gray Metallic (KH2) lower gives you the distinct 1N3 color code. Only around 850 of this trim were built so it's great that someone didn't go and color swap it at some point in time. The paint does show its age on this one, which leads you to think it's original. The trunk and back bumper both have some good-sized spots where the clear coat has faded, the same goes for the center garnish. Barring those spots the rest of the paint looks good for its age. The body is equally clean barring a few little door dings. The exterior is all stock and even has the rare cornering lamps upfront. When the turn signals are used whichever side will light up as additional illumination to show anything in the road the headlights may not have picked up and also act as a bit of an extra safety light for oncoming traffic. The Japanese really were ahead of the time when it came to all the little details like that.
The same story goes on with the interior. The R33's have a much-revamped gauge layout which makes for a nice updated feel to the cockpit. The interior has been kept pretty much all original and in great shape. The seats are free of any rips or tears and the same can be said about the carpeting. The driver seat is free of the common bolster wear and the back seats appear to have been hardly ever used. They even sport the rare factory optional doilies which are typically sun-faded and tattered but these are in fantastic shape still. Since the dash layout has been changed from the R32 to R33 the infamous dash bubble is no longer an issue. The door panels are in great condition, and the headliner is clean and doesn't sag. The only change-ups from the factory are the head unit and that classic Nardi 3 spoke. The radio you'll probably want to swap out at some point since they don't pick up much stateside anyway. All of the power accessories make this your daily commute far more enjoyable since this is a perfect cruiser. One-touch driver's window, power locks, power mirrors, and even automatic digital climate control. With how bad the weather has been recently it's hard to test out much on the A/C side, but the heat's definitely doing its job. It's even got the hard to find rain guards for those bad days when you want some extra ventilation.
The R33 sedan is a much better daily driver than the 89-93 models it replaced. Improvements were made to the chassis, which resulted in better handling and fewer squeaks and rattles. The engine featured in this example is Nissan torquey RB25DE. The naturally aspirated setup is ideal for daily driving as you cut down on all the excess heat of the turbo which helps with longevity. Despite the lack of turbo, you're not lacking on power though. The 2.5L still makes great torque and returns better fuel economy at the same time. Being a cruiser this one is fitted with the automatic setup to make day-to-day life easier. However, unlike most all automatics of the era, the G comes with a 5-speed auto instead of the typical 4. This is also part of the reason for the bump in fuel efficiency since you've got better highway gearing. With only 60K verified miles this one is just begging for some real road trips. Its silky-smooth operation is thanks to its straight-six layout which really is the best design out there. Torque is sent to the rear wheels, as it should with a proper sports sedan. The brakes feel confident and the long wheelbase of the sedan improves the ride quality even more. The steering is power-assisted so it's easier on you when backing into parking spaces. Mechanically it came in needed only some routine service work, as anything 28 years old is bound to. A new air filter helps again with that mileage letting the RB breathe a bit easier. We also replaced the valve cover gaskets as they were starting to leak with isn't terribly uncommon with RBs. This four-door Japanese Classic is an excellent value if we do say so ourselves. A car that stands out enough to turn heads but not attract every cop in a 5 block radius. While the R32 and R34 get all the love, the R33 sedan is a hidden gem. It makes good power, handles well, seats five, and is still simple to work on. What more could you ask for in your next daily?
*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.