1995 Built Nissan R33 Skyline
Stock Number: 4583
The R33 is a fabled iteration of the Nissan Skyline. Its updated chassis, improved interior ergonomics, and hefty displacement bump allowed this generation to redefine the brand. While some have shunned it as the boat of the Skyline family, it comes in at less than a 250lbs difference. Combine all that with the more powerful RB25 and it actually becomes one of the best driving skylines of the bunch. The slightly longer/wider stance gives it superior handling and ride comfort. Our mid-production '95 comes to us with quite a few upgrades to kick things up a notch and only sporting 72K verified miles. Full GP Sports aero adorns the car and adds a nice twist to the already flowing lines of the R33. The fitment of the kit lines up rather well for being FRP, however, we would never claim that aftermarket aero lines up as perfectly as the stock pieces do. With the factory high rise wing, it really compliments the kit and gives the back end some much-needed flair. The Super Black (KH3) paint is a classic go-to that never ages. The paint looks great, which is typically indicative that it was resprayed at some point in time. The front bumper has some line hairline cracks in the paint, probably from a steep entryway, but unless you're right up on the bumper you can't really notice. The bodywork is in great shape barring a typical door ding or two. In keeping with the more aggressive looks 17" 5 spoke Volk Racing wheels replace the rather drab stock ones. Thanks to a set of Cusco coilovers the ride height has been dialed in to get rid of some dreaded wheel gap while also stepping up the handling a notch.
The interior has definitely received its fair share of aftermarket upgrades. The most obvious being the Bride Brix adjustable bucket for the driver. These are a classic choice as they offer way more support yet don't beat you to death like fixed back racing seats do. The number one issue we see with these are bolster wear from getting in and out over time, but luckily this one has been largely spared from any issues. There is some light staining which you can see in the photos, but there are no seam rips or tears to worry about which would be a bigger issue to deal with. The passenger seat is plenty comfortable and equally good condition, while the back seats look hardly used (since nobody really wants to climb back there.) The sporty Momo three-spoke wheel helps increase gauge visibility and feels great in the hand. A polished Nismo shift knob is another great upgrade. The original tach seems to be a bit notchy which would explain why the Pivot tach was added in front of the original one. Defi was turned to for a proper mechanical boost and coolant gauge since the stock ones are a bit vague, to say the least. A really trick carbon fiber piece replaces the ashtray and is home to a Greddy Profec-B Spec II and HKS Turbo Timer. While it has a more race car feel inside the cabin they still retained all of the amenities to make normal cruising around more enjoyable. Power folding mirrors, digital climate control that actually has functioning A/C, power windows, and power door locks. The head unit has been upgraded as well, however, you'll probably want to swap it out for something more US compatible.
Under the hydraulic hood struts though is where things really get spicy. The R33 already came with the more potent RB25DET than the outgoing RB20 but this isn't your ordinary 25. The entire motor has been torn down and rebuilt using high-quality parts. The RB25 was bored out to 2.65L in order to accommodate R33 RB26 spec internals. HKS 87 degree pistons are attached to a BCNR33 crankshaft, sealed with a Tomei head gasket, with HKS high cams atop that. Nismo was turned to for the injectors and coil packs. With all of the internal work, it naturally spilled over into the rest of the engine bay as well. An upgraded turbo and wastegate feed the RB while a Greddy blow off valve makes all the fun noises you expect from a boosted car. To feed the turbo an A'PEXi intake runs through a Z32 MAF with a massive Greddy intercooler filling up the GP Sports bumper. Less easy to spot supporting mods are the SARD radiator and oil cooler to help keep everything in check. Since the stock ECU has no idea how to manage all of this a version 3.3 HKS F-CON V Pro takes over. As for the exhaust, an HKS high flow cat leads to an Apexi N1 catback which really lets this car sing. To properly send all that power out back Nismo was turned to once more for an upgraded clutch and LSD. The suspension overhaul includes those Cusco coilovers, Cusco strut tower braces front and rear, along with Nismo arms. If you've made it through this much reading then you've probably already come to the conclusion that this isn't your average GTS25t Type-M. While all of this work was performed back home in Japan, we've gone ahead and performed a fair bit of routine maintenance since landing stateside. Fresh rubber on all four corners, new pads up front, fresh set of plugs, a new fuel filter, along with a new battery. The R33 was already a welcomed upgrade over the legendary R32, and this one is even more impressive. This car really is the total package, the only thing it needs now is a new set of streets to terrorize.
*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.