1993 Nissan Skyline R33 Autech GTR
Stock Number: 4213
Who doesn't love a car that can do it all? This stunning '93 Autech converted GTS-4 Skyline Sedan packs all the performance of its coupe brethren, but with room for everyone. In '98 Nissan introduced the exceptionally rare Autech GTR for its 40th Anniversary which was a full on four-door GTR. Unfortunately, these are not eligible to import yet due to age, and not to mention the rarity with only about 400 ever produced. However, you could take an existing GTS-4 and have it sent to Autech to have the full conversion performed by the factory. Originally it left Nissan as a naturally aspirated, 4WD sedan in two tone silver. The Autech factory then took the relatively boring sedan and turned it into a true monster. Full GTR aero was fitted from front to back, including the exceptionally rare factory widened rear door and quarter panels. Since it was undergoing such a serious overhaul both mechanically and aesthetically the car was swapped to the classic Super Black (KH3) while they were at it. The paint looks fantastic overall and really gives this performance sedan a sinister look. With its widened track you would think it'd be more prone to door dings and routine blemishes like that but this one has been kept up very well. It is rather obvious that the car was well cared for back in Japan. It's all of the little subtle touches like the Kouki taillights that really change the entire look of the car. While the 33 GTR wheels look good, they pale in comparison to the 18" Rays Gram Lights that fill the wheel wells.
With everything that was done to the body, you couldn't skip out on the cockpit. The logical choice was made to swap the front buckets out in favor of the more supportive R33 GTR seats. Even the rears were redone in matching fabric so everything looks uniform. Both front seats are in fantastic shape which is great since the bolsters are more prone to wear than the original seats were. While the back seats are clean it's quite obvious they were recovered. Neither have any real stains or tears to report, with the same being said about the door panels. While the interior has an OEM feel it does have a few upgrades. The steering wheel has a much sportier Momo race wheel which feels right at home in this rocketship's cockpit. The factory gauge cluster is a bit bland, but this old school Nismo is anything but. With its multicolor 9K redline and 320Km/h speedo you know this car means business. Obviously due to all of the changes (including the cluster) the 27K miles that it reads are not verified. A nice Defi boost gauge was added atop the dash to keep an eye on boost levels. It has a good deal of aftermarket audio pieces that frankly most will want to replace with something newer, more US-friendly, and streamlined. The dash is in great condition and has no signs of any major sun damage, no cracks, and no bubbles like the 32's are so notorious for. Of course, these have all of the routine power accessories that were standard for the 33 like the power windows, mirrors, locks, and automatic climate control. The A/C is on par for this summer heat that way everyone can roll around in comfort.
Under the hood is what makes this car just so special, Nissan's legendary RB26DETT. Two turbos mean twice the fun after all. The motor makes gobs of torque and pulls like a freight train, and that’s just in stock trim. Throw some performance bits on it and you’ve got a real monster on your hands. This one is sporting a few small supporting upgrades that all GTRs need. Upfront are the twin HKS intakes that let the turbos breathe a bit. A high flow Kakimoto exhaust was added since the RB really does need a proper exhaust as they're far too quiet in stock trim. Tein coilovers get the ride height down to a more acceptable level along with cutting down on unnecessary body roll. When you put it all together you've got yourself one heck of a driver on your hands. While most are quick to scoff at the auto trans, it really is a fantastic choice for this car. Because you never have to lift the twins never have to re-spool meaning you're always in the powerband. As much as people don't want to accept it, the auto Skylines are consistently quicker than the factory 5 speed cars are. If you really wanted to you could swap in a 5 or 6 speed, but you'll be surprised by the auto on your first drive. The factory GTR Brembos have no trouble in reeling you down from speed and offer a very reassuring pedal feel. It does appear that the strut towers have been repaired properly from rust R33s are prone to in this area. Considering the fact that everything was done using metal (the proper way) it may have been done by the factory as part of the swap. While it's not a safety concern or impact on driving we did want to make note of it. Mechanically we've gone over the car and done a good bit of the heavy lifting for the new owner. The major one being the new timing belt and water pump which is a rather time-intensive job. We also wrapped the Rays wheels in fresh rubber, replaced the original battery, a new rear wheel bearing, along with a routine oil change. While we've seen more than our fair share of GTR replicas and motor swaps, but we haven't seen anything quite like this. Autech really knocked it out of the park with this one. If you're looking for a true one of a kind car then look no further, this one is going to be a true collector's piece.
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