1995 Nissan R33 GTS25-t
In 1995 the Skyline was one of the premier sports car offerings out of Japan, and the chassis still performs impressively for modern standards. This GTS25-t is a blast to drive with its manual gearbox and its spicy turbo six-cylinder engine, which is fresh off a recent service. Finished in White (QM1), the aesthetic is set off by a GT-R rear spoiler, aggressive TRIAL front bumper, aftermarket FRP side skirts, OEM rainguards, and 18" Styling Break two-piece alloy wheels. Prior repairs in Japan include a replaced trunk lid with a GTR wing, and aside from some light dings, chips, and small scuffs, the body is in good shape overall. The flowing lines are a huge design departure from the angular R32 it replaced, but this nicely equipped four-seater also boasts a comfortable cabin with a fair amount of power amenities, too. Offered with only 146k verified and documented miles, this stellar Skyline would make for a killer daily driver, fun weekend cruiser, or track day toy.
The cabin is in above-average shape for an R33 and was cared for in a prior life. Even the factory owners' manuals and maintenance booklets are in the glovebox, and included in the sale. As a Series 1.5 R33, this Nissan features a driver's SRS airbag for some additional reassurance when behind the wheel. It's mounted on a tilt-adjustable steering column with an integrated Blitz boost gauge, and the driver also benefits from electric mirrors, locks, and windows. It even has OEM keyless entry! All these items work as advertised except for the power-folding function on the side mirrors. The upholstery is in much better shape than what you may expect from a vehicle this vintage and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. The headliner and carpets haven't sustained any major abuse over the years, and neither have the door cards. Even the dash remains uncracked, which can plague these models. The digital automatic climate control featuring cold A/C makes daily use enjoyable and a Carrozzeria headunit upgrade looks more modern than the OEM audio it replaced. A hidden amp below the passenger seat is great for those who want to blast some tunes and rock down a windy canyon road, which segues into the mechanicals below!
The RB25DET is one of the most legendary engines ever produced by Nissan. This 2.5L is fresh off a recent oil and filter service and starts up promptly with the twist of the key, thanks to a new 12v battery. The factory power output is more than sufficient for most enthusiasts, but this one has been lightly modified to produce a few more ponies. An HKS intake and Kaikimoto catback exhaust add to the aural experience, and a Blitz blow-off valve pops open between shifts. The new owner can enjoy some peace of mind in knowing one of our trained techs installed new valve cover gaskets to keep the RB topped up on oil, as well as a new timing belt and water pump service! This costly job will save some money down the road and gives the R33 a good start on this next chapter of its life. As noted in the opener, power is fed through a real deal five-speed manual to the rear wheels. Shifts are communicative thanks to a short shifter that was added at some point in Japan, and the transmission lacks any grinding. Its gearing is sufficiently suited for street use and merging onto the highway occurs in a jiffy! The adjustable coilovers reduce the fender gaps, and although stiff, the Skyline handles flatly in the corners. The brakes are responsive and the power steering is on point. Before it left our shop, new tires were mounted and balanced at all four corners. The new rubber quiets down the ride a bit, but most importantly, will deliver tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip to come.
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