1993 Nissan Skyline Custom R33
Stock Number: 4381
The R33 is a fabled iteration of the Nissan Skyline. Its updated chassis, improved interior ergonomics, and hefty displacement bump allowed this generation to redefine the brand. While some have shunned it as the boat of the Skyline era, it comes in at less than a 250lbs difference. Partner that with the more powerful RB25 and it actually becomes one of the best driving skylines of the bunch. The slightly longer/wider stance gives it superior handling and ride comfort. While many of the cars we bring through here are reasonably stock we do keep our eye out for some that are a bit more unique. This '93 GTS25-t fits right in line with that between its custom color and aero it certainly stands out in the pack. A combination of pieces has transformed the look of the 33 to a real one-off. A Vertex style front bumper paired up with the Do-Luck style rear bumper and BN Sport style side skirts to tie it all together. Of course, a trademark GTR style rear wing rounds it all out. While not something you'd usually come across the combination flows really well. A set of relatively universal fender flairs allow for the massive 18" x 10.5" +15 bronze Stage Knight wheels to fit. Overall all of the aftermarket aero matches up pretty well, however, anything aftermarket is never going to line up quite as well as original factory pieces do. Outback is even a set of clear euro style LED tails that we've only seen once before. With all of the custom aero naturally the stock Cloud White (QM1) paint was ditched in favor of the iconic Midnight Purple Metallic (LP2). The color swap was well done with the engine bay being the only real hint at what the original hue was. While it was jammed, there are still some spots of white around the door trim and underneath the trunk lid as well. In general, both the paint and body show well with only some typical little blemishes around.
The interior is a bit more on the tame side by comparison. The more robust platform of the R33 had some benefits trickle down to the interior; the increased chassis stiffness lends itself to fewer squeaks and rattles, making this something you could realistically daily drive. The driver's seat has been replaced with a considerably more bolstered Bride Brix which has seen some use over the years. The bolster has its typical degradation from getting in and out and the bottom bolster has had to be stitched up. The passenger and rear gray cloth seats are soft to the touch and devoid of the typical stains or tears. While the 33 isn't plagued by the same dash bubble issues of the 32, this one did have something previously mounted against the face of it so there are several small holes that remain. The stock wheel was tossed in favor of a much sportier deep dish wheel that certainly fits the look of the car more. The LED backlighting on the gauges give the interior a bit of a more modern look and feel. Naturally, you have all the standard features of the era; power windows, mirrors, locks, and a digital climate control.
Under the hood sits Nissan's stellar RB25DET, mounted far back in the chassis for weight distribution. Making far more low-end power, this engine is nearly vibration-free like the RB20DET it replaces, yet has a good bit more potential. With only 98K verified miles all it takes is a quick turn of the key and the engine springs to life. Unlike all of today's hybrids where you have to check to see if it actually turned on, there's no doubt about when the RB fires up. Straight piped RBs sounds wicked, however not for the faint of heart. Your neighbors will likely be offended when you fire it up at 7 am on a Saturday for Cars and Coffee. Off throttle, the turbo sings its own song through the HKS intake. The suspension has had some help as well with it's Juran strut tower brace and Cusco coilovers. While the R33 was known for correcting many of the handling issues with the R32, adding in some better pieces never hurt. The 5-speed is a blast, and the clutch is surprisingly light. There appear to be no signs of slipping or hitches when hammering through the gears. The power pairs up nicely with the suspension work that was done, making these just as fun on the highway as they are a windy back road. Like all of our cars, it's gone through a full mechanical service covering items like a new set of rubber, the left rear axle boot, fixed a leaking exhaust gasket, as well as the typical oil change. For those of us you after a turn-key car that you can hop in and absolutley rip then look no further. Not all of us have the time or space to build a car from the ground up, so why not jump into one with a strong base. Leave it as it is or a starting point for a more intense build, either way, it's hard not to smile every time you twist the key.
*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.