1993 Skyline GTS25T Type M
Available for: $26,495
With such deep roots in Japanese circuit racing and tuner culture, it may come as a surprise to the average enthusiast that the Nissan Skyline makes such a fantastic daily driver in near-stock form. The RB25 engine is plenty smooth and refined, the cabin is trimmed in premium materials, and power amenities are at the ready for daily driving. With 142k verified/documented miles on the clock of this 1993 example, this one's held up well over the years. Finished in Cloud White (QM1) the exterior is set off by a few choice upgrades. A Trial front bumper contributes to a more aggressive fascia, and a one-off FRP rear bumper gives a more angular appearance to the curvaceous stock bodywork. Lowering springs give the chassis a much-needed drop from stock, and 18" Stage Belmont wheels are mounted at all four corners, complimenting this exterior's timeless silhouette. Aside from a replaced left front fender in Japan, there's not much to gripe with exterior-wise save for some expected dings, rock chips, and paint fade. Comfortable, stylish, and downright fun to toss around, the Skyline is a Japanese Classic now and forever.
Compared to its predecessor, the R33 offered an interior that was leaps and bounds better than the generation it replaced. Despite being 30 years old, the cockpit was clearly cared for in a prior life as it lacks any of the major dash distortion, UV damage, and upholstery wear typically seen on vehicles of this vintage. In equally good shape is the factory grey cloth upholstery, which is soft to the touch and lacks any major rips, tears, or stains apart from some significant repair work on the driver's side bolster. The center stack is trimmed in a complementary matte black and houses functional Sony audio. While the head unit seems to be a bit finicky in operation, a new US replacement is an easy enough install. Positioned directly above is a fully operational digital climate control unit. With Cold A/C and hot heat at the ready, you'll be set no matter what the conditions are like outside. Power windows, locks, and power mirrors are on tap and make daily use more enjoyable, and the driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering column to make things a bit more comfortable. The headliner and carpets are even in good shape, with only some light staining present from a couple decades of day-to-day use. Overall, the interior offers the space, comfort, and the amenities you'd expect from a cutting edge sports coupe. Aside from some notable wear on the steering wheel and rear shelf, as well as missing trunk trim, there's not much to complain about condition-wise.
Under the hood, Nissan's RB25DET is as good of an engine as any to go in this chassis, and with plenty of parts support, servicing options, and modification available stateside, it can be quite the reliable mill if maintained properly. Fortunately, our trained technicians have already performed an extensive list of services here in-house to give this one the green light for the road ahead. Starting with a freshly installed 12v battery, which was dropped in to properly test the alternator and ensure this one cranks over the first time, every time. By far the biggest piece of preventative maintenance done was a fresh timing belt, water pump, and serpentine belts, and with new spark plugs and injectors installed across the board, this one is more than ready for the road ahead. Lastly, to shore up the fuel system a bit, a new fuel pump and filter were installed to protect against contaminants. After a fresh oil and filter service, she was ready to hit the road, and getting up to highway speeds is no tall order for this turbo six. Shifts through the 5 speed manual transmission are smooth and direct, and power is hammered down to the rear wheels without fault, although the factory active LSD seems to have given up the ghost. New HICAS arms were installed to confidently aid this one through demanding back road twists and turns. The power steering is light and on point, and we even wrapped the stylish Stage alloys in fresh Falken rubber. Not only do the tires quiet down any unwanted road noise, they'll deliver plenty of all-season grip for tens of thousands of miles to come!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.