1994 Skyline R33 GTS25-t
Gearheads that value performance know the benefits of the R33 platform. Compared to the car it replaced, it made more power, added interior space, and handled better in the twisties. This 1994 is finished in a one-off Pacific Purple, and is set off by a GT-R front bumper and lip, carbon fiber B pillar trim, 18" Stener SS alloys, and OEM optional Type M side skirts. Aside from some light chips, scuffs, and dings the paint is in good nick and prior repairs in Japan include a replacement trunk and tail light panel, and we also wanted to note the sunroof was deleted. It was likely a weekend track car based on the mods and condition and we hope the next owner treats it the same, as this is no show queen! Fresh off a recent service, this tasty two-door makes plenty of ponies thanks to a host of power upgrades and is suited for the spirited driver in all of us. Collectible, fun, and an absolute blast to drive, this Nissan Skyline is a certified Japanese Classic that goes even better than it looks!
The cabin is a bit larger than the R32 it replaced and includes a few more amenities. We realize the power features are likely not a big draw for a more aggressive coupe like this, but they actually make daily use enjoyable. The driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering column and electric locks, mirrors, and windows. These all work as advertised other than the power-folding function of the side mirrors. The view of the road ahead is clear and unobstructed. The driver can monitor a set of HKS gauges and receives a smaller diameter aftermarket steering wheel, which feels perfect in the palms of your hands. The dashboard is cracked due to sun exposure but a custom dash mat obscured the imperfections as best it can. An automatic climate control system is mounted centrally. It is intuitive to use and blows cold A/C at the moment. The switchgear is all at hand, including a Tomei shift knob, and the gauges are all easy to read. A GT-R 180 KM/PH cluster adds to the sporty appeal but we couldn't verify the miles thanks to its installation and as such is being sold as unknown/not actual miles. The seats are in good shape overall aside from some light wear top the driver's side bolster. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and are still soft to the touch. That is not to say the interior is perfect as there is a ripped passenger door card, the HKS water temp gauge doesn't function, and the head unit doesn't power on. Still, at 25 years old it's in good nick and could be enjoyed on a daily basis.
Under the bonnet is a silky smooth and potent RB25DET. The 2.5L is straight off an oil and filter service and starts up with the twist of a GT-R key. A new 12v battery was just installed and she runs well with little to no vibration. The straight six breaths more freely thanks to an intake and downpipe, test pipe, and St. May polished catback. The tone is throaty and menacing, but it doesn't drone at higher speeds. An HKS front mount intercooler keeps the charged air chilled, and looks aggressive behind the GT-R front fascia. To ensure the RB remains happy, a new set of spark plugs were installed and one of our trained techs also replaced the leaking valve cover gaskets with new ones. Mated to a slick-shifting five-speed gearbox, the R33 accelerates impressively. Gear changes are rewarding and power is sent to the rear wheels. Sitting on Blitz ZZ-R coilovers the reduced fender gap looks killer but this R33 handles flatly through the twisties. We rehabbed the suspension a touch by adding SPC tension rods, a new right front tie rod, and a right rear inner hicas arm. D-Max rear adjustable arms are stronger than stock and add to the appeal. The structure is all tied together with a front strut tower brace and new tires have been mounted at all four corners to enhance grip. The brakes are confident and the steering is power-assisted and communicative. As a top-tier performer, this R33 has all you might want in a sports car. Reflexive handling, gobs of midrange power to plant you in your seat, and all the styling to match!
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