1994 Nissan Gloria Gran Turismo

Sold: $8,495

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Stock Number: 4549

Nissan's slate of luxury vehicles sold during the '90s in Japan was high on style and reasonably priced. Known for its stately design and sturdy mechanicals, this 1994 Nissan Gloria Gran Turismo is a prime example of what a proper Japanese saloon car should be. Finished in Silver Metallic (KL0) and offered with a mere 46K verified miles, the body is in good shape other than some minor scuffs, chips, and dings associated with normal use. With spacious accommodations for five, easy to find parts, and a refined ride, this Japanese Classic sedan is a tough one to beat for the money.

The Y32 platform of vehicles had a better than average interior compared to other Nissans built at the time. The quality of the materials in an obvious upgrade over lesser models, and unlike cars like the Skyline, they tend not to fall apart. The dash, for instance, is in good shape and neither cracked nor distorted. A classy analog clock sits atop it and is placed directly above the fully digital climate control system. The screen is properly lit, the buttons all work, and cold air pipes through the vents which are a real bonus during the long days of summer. If you prefer more natural ventilation, the rare chrome OEM rain guards keep things quiet inside the cockpit when the windows are rolled down. Inside the glovebox is the original owner's manuals, and cloth trimmed center console has some additional storage capacity. A control box, which recesses out of the dash has controls for the power-folding mirrors, with locks and power windows being standard power accessories for the model. The audio system does work, and you can get some limited US radio stations to listen to while on the road. The steering wheel is in good nick, and the column is manually adjustable to accommodate drivers of all sizes. The front seats are manually adjustable and the cloth is still in nice shape. Lacking any rips, stains, or tears they are nicely bolstered for extended cruises. The carpets have also been well protected, and the OEM mats are located in the trunk for posterity. That's not to say the interior is perfect, as the headliner is slightly stained and there is a slight odor of smoke. While this is common in many imports, we did want to note it and took it into account with the pricing.

Mechanically, the Gloria is easy to work on and uses a naturally aspirated 3.0L VG30E. This single overhead cam mill returns decent fuel economy and is fairly refined for a vehicle of this era. Benefitting from a fresh oil and filter service, she turns over with a twist of a key. Although the tachometer doesn't read correctly, she idles smoothly and has just received six new spark plugs and a new engine air filter. Power is sent to the rear wheels through an auto gearbox, and the unit shifts without any hesitation into the proper gear. Acceleration is very smooth and linear. The stock suspension is happy to sort out small and intermediate bumps, while the steering is light and yet direct. The OEM alloys all have new tires mounted and balanced at all four corners. Quiet and DOT approved, they will offer thousands of miles of grip rain or shine.

This executive sedan is affordable, reliable, efficient, and unique. These are the types of cars you just hop in, turn the key, and drive! As a distinct take on a daily driver or weekend cruiser, the Y32 is a certified Japanese Classic and incredible value for the money.

*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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