1993 R33 GTS25-t Coupe
The Skyline represents the pinnacle of late 90's Japanese sports car design, and examples like this 1993 are getting harder to find by the day. Finished in a stealthy Black (KH3) and lowered on adjustable coilovers, this racey coupe is set off by 18" Stage wheels and a factory rear spoiler. We wanted to note a replacement driver quarter panel was taken care of in Japan at some point, and aside from a few light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use, this R33 is in good shape overall and fresh off a recent service. Boasting an amazing 43k verified and documented miles, this turn-key Nissan is ready to hit the road and would make for a killer daily driver or fun weekend playtoy. Fast, collectible, and most of all fun, this Japanese Classic is a purebred sports car in every sense of the term.
The cabin is in above average shape overall and was cared for in a prior life. The view of the road ahead is unobstructed and clear and the switchgear is all at hand. The dash is in good shape lacking any cracking or distortion. The driver benefits from electric locks, power mirrors, power windows, and an adjustable steering column. These all work like a charm and make daily use enjoyable. The same can be said for the OEM audio system and factory digital climate control. Cold A/C and piping hot heat are on hand to ensure cockpit temperatures are comfortable no matter the season, or climate outside. The seats are in above-average shape and upholstered in a soft, gray cloth. Perhaps due to sun damage the rear seats were dyed at some point as you can tell in our photo set. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and are supportive on longer-duration freeway stints. The carpets, headliner, and door cards have resisted major abuse over the years and look better than cars a third of this R33's age. That's not to say that the cabin is perfect as the passenger side power-folding mirror no longer power folds but can still be folded in manually, the gas gauge is inoperable, and the trunk has no carpet lining. Still, at 25 years old, it was clear this car was kept up quite well in Japan and the next owners will surely agree.
The chassis is really good for this ninth-generation Skyline. It's stiffer, handles well, and is balanced with nearly 50/50 weight distribution. The best part is the extra .5L displacement bump over the R32's 2.0L turbo engine. This RB25DET makes gobs of power down low and pulls hard to redline. It's fresh off an oil and filter service and turns over promptly with the twist of the key. New spark plugs and a new fuel filter and pump ensure the straight-six runs smoothly, and it idles with hardly a vibration. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a slick-shifting automatic gearbox. Acceleration is impressive and a stainless cat-back adds a throatier tone and a few extra ponies. Adjustable coilovers lower the ride height a touch and thanks to a pair of front and rear strut tower braces, the Skyline is firm and flat through the twisties. New rear HICAS arms and an alignment do a great deal to refresh the handling, as well. The brakes are responsive and the 18" wheels are all wrapped in nearly new rubber at all four corners. It's really hard to fault the driveline, and this composed and predictable Nissan drives even better than it looks.
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