1993 Nissan Y32 Gloria GT

Sold: $10,495

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Stock Number: 4784

One of the most popular luxury sedans and status symbols in Japan, the Gloria lives up to the hype. Touting overwhelming comfort, cutting edge technology, bulletproof reliability, and understated styling. This '93 model, with a mere 52K verified miles, is finished in a stately Blue Lapis (BK8.) The paint has a deep luster that really pops out in the sunlight. The dark color really compliments the boxy, muscular factory styling. The paint does have some routine small blemishes, as to expect with any car that's been driven off the showroom floor a quarter-century ago. The same can be said for the body; nothing out of the ordinary aside from a few typical little door dings. A set of lowering springs get the car down to a bit more of an acceptable height without having to compromise on ride quality or day to day use. A set of 17" split-spoke SSR VS Schwartz wrapped in fresh rubber polish off the looks. The SSRs not only look great but could almost be mistaken as a factory optioned wheel.

The Y32 platform of vehicles had a better than average interior compared to other Nissans built at the time. The quality of the materials is an obvious upgrade over the sportier models like the R32s and S13s. The dash, for instance, is in good shape and neither cracked nor distorted, and we all know how what happens with the aforementioned chassis. The seats are upholstered in a textured gray cloth which makes for a great contrast to the blue bodywork. A rare feature for the time, the driver's seat is actually power-adjustable to make sure you can always find the right spot. Well bolstered, you and the crew can comfortably cruise all day in style. Both rows are free of any noteworthy blemishes like bolster wear or split seams. Plenty of power equipment is standard including digital climate control, power locks, power-folding mirrors, and even a one-touch driver window. Atop the center is a classy analog clock which you just don't see in cars these days. Off to the right of the steering wheel is a drop-down panel that controls your power mirrors and there's even a pop-out cardholder for the important businessman on the go.

Under its sleek hood is Nissan's robust VG30DET. The 3.0L turbocharged V6 is a great setup. Offering more than enough power for US highways yet not so high strung as to worry about longevity. Mated to an automatic transmission, the car has wonderful driving characteristics on the freeway and around the city. Acceleration is more than adequate, and the long-wheelbase makes the platform seem sturdy and controlled. The suspension handles all the potholes and road imperfections you can throw at it, and the brakes and power steering feel reassuringly confident. Despite the size of these, they feel far more nimble than you would expect for a luxury sedan. The V6 quickly churns to life with a quick twist of the key and sets into a nice, quiet, idle. The transmission engages with ease and is reasonably responsive all things considered, but don't expect lightning-fast shifts. For those of us in search of an unmolested daily driver or a stock VIP car to use as a blank canvas, then this Gloria has your name written on it. It is a smooth, unique, and reliable sedan that can fit the whole crew, and get you where you need to go in style. Boasting styling unlike anything on the road paired with quality interior appointments, and simple to work on drivetrain, the Y32 is undoubtedly a 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.

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