1994 Nissan Cedric Y32 Gran Turismo
Pending Sale: $9,995
Stock Number: 4509
The Nissan Cedrics were noted for being one of the most popular luxury cars on the market in its day and they're still living up to the hype. This well-preserved 1994 is a great example with only 76K verified miles on it. Finished in the timeless Silky Snow Pearl (WK1) it really pops with the chrome trim. The paint shows very well for its age and is free of any major blemishes aside from some typical stone chips from driving over the years. The body, with its extremely rare factory aero, is in equally great shape save for a door ding or two. All of the gaps line up nicely and the doors close with that gratifying thud. The factory lines are really what makes the Y32 such a hit so it doesn't take much to really set it over the edge. The only thing these were missing from the factory was a good set of wheels and to get the ride height dialed down to a more acceptable level. A custom set of coilovers took care of the ground clearance issue and the 19" Carlsson wheels give it the proper VIP look. The boxy lines make for a unique profile that you can't quite put your finger on; because of that people constantly have to stop and ask you what it is.
Much like the exterior, the interior is all stock and in excellent shape. The grey cloth hardly shows any signs of wear for being 26 years old respectively. There is a small hole in the base of the driver's seat, about the size of your pinkie, otherwise, it's impressive how well they've been maintained. These came with all of the luxury amenities you'd expect to find in a proper GT. Fully powered driver and passenger seats, along with an additional switch for them on the side for the rear passenger to move them forward for additional legroom. All four seats are clear of the typical bolster wear or any noteworthy stains. The rear glass has all been tinted for privacy along with helping to cut down on cabin temps. While the Japanese aren't allowed to tint the front windows, depending on your state laws, having the fronts matched would make this guy look wicked. As previously mentioned these came with all of the power accessories like the seats, folding mirrors, locks, windows, automatic climate control, even the hill brake is electronically assisted. All of the power functions operate as they should, and many are tucked away in crafty little storage compartments. These really do feel like modern-day tourers. We have noticed that the tach has been a little intermittent with us, but luckily since this is a big tourer and not a sports car it doesn't really have much impact. That's not to say that the interior is perfect though. It is a common issue for the trim on the doors to start to crack and separate from use over the years. This one does have issues with both the driver and passenger door which you can see in the photos. While it doesn't hinder their use it is a bit annoying. While the Japanese radio frequencies are different than stateside this one does have a USB and AUX input to give you a bit more versatility.
Under the hood is a turbocharged 3 liter V6 (VG30DET) to make it a proper grand tourer. The VG fires right up and offers ample torque down low to help fill in while the turbo spools. Boost comes on pretty quickly and makes for great midrange power making it a blast on the highway. The automatic shifts in and out of gear easily and is responsive to throttle inputs. The transmission has selective options for snow, normal, or sport driving, which changes up the shift points and provides a different driving experience based on the driver's needs. Naturally, the coilovers do stiffen up the ride a bit, but it doesn't rattle your teeth out over crappy roads. We have gone over the car mechanically once touching down and performed a routine oil change along with putting new rubber on all four corners. While it was in the air the techs did note that the rear main seal and valve cover each had a small leak but weren't overly concerned about it. We wanted to note it as it is something to keep an eye on down the road if you're planning on daily driving it. The brakes do a great job of slowing this midsize sedan down and gives decent pedal feedback. For those of you looking for a multi-purpose, truly unique ride, it doesn't get much better than this! The Nissan Cedric Gran Turismo Ultima is a true Japanese Classic in every sense of the word.
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