1995 Nissan Cedric Gran Turismo Ultima

Sold: $8,995

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Stock Number: 4430

Nissan's slate of Y32 offerings is among the most underrated luxury vehicles sold in Japan in the '90s. This 1995 Nissan Cedric touts a premium ride quality, stately styling, and low cost of ownership. Offered with only 59K verified miles and finished in a Black Emerald (DJ2), the body is in good shape other than some scratches by the passenger taillight and some typical chips and dings associated with normal use. The Gran Turismo Ultima was the most sought after trim level, flush with tons of power accessories, and this particular example has the top of the line turbo V6 and rear-wheel drive, like any good luxury saloon.

The cabin is smartly designed, with great ergonomics and premium materials. The driver and passenger are greeted by a low slung dash and tons of room for ingress and egress. They have plenty of leg and shoulder room, and the visibility is decent compared to much newer cars with their thick pillars. An adjustable steering column and rare SRS driver airbag are included and were an optional accessory back when the car was produced. The gauge cluster is easy to read and well illuminated and the front occupants have a digital climate system to play with if desired. The seats are upholstered in gray cloth, with textured black stitchwork. They are comfortable and both front and rear are devoid of any major rips or tears. Beyond some light staining on the rear seat bottom, they are soft to the touch and in remarkable condition. The door cards and headliner are both done in varying shades of gray and are in above average shape. Long cruises can be accomplished in comfort, as you'd expect from upmarket four-door. A business card holder pops out of the dash, and although its a bit gimmicky, a "control panel" can be depressed and drops down from the dash. It contains the controls for the mirrors and interior illumination adjustments. Other neat options include opera-style B-pillar illumination from inside the cabin. Functional front powered seats, power-folding mirrors, windows, and locks are all standard equipment and work as they should.

The engine and driveline are prized for a few reasons. Parts are readily available and the cars themselves are simple and easy to work on. The VG30DET, a 2960cc compact V6 powers this Nissan. The turbo adds some much-needed punch and the motor is fresh off a semi-synthetic oil and filter service to keep it happy. Upon the turn of the key, the VG fires right up and sets into a calm, reassured idle. Power is sent rearward through an automatic transmission. Acceleration is decent and this VG30DET has a really torque midrange that is ideal for the rigors of daily driving, and this sedan gets up to freeway speeds quickly enough. The steering is light, the brakes reassuring, and the OEM suspension alloys you to sail over large and small potholes and road imperfections. The wheels are all wrapped in new all-season rubber, mounted and balanced by one of our trained technicians.

This unmolested sedan would make a great daily driver or a unique VIP platform to build. This Cedric combines luxury, affordability, and reliability into one package. Don't let this impeccable Japanese Classic getaway, as clean examples are getting harder to find overseas.

*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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