1995 Nissan Skyline GTS
Available for: $18,495
Entering its ninth generation, the Skyline already had a long and storied history and was one of Japan's premier sports cars. This 1995 GTS coupe is a stellar car, boasting a well-designed chassis with a rear-drive and a manual gearbox. Finished in a Super Black (KH3), the body is in good shape aside from some minor dings, chips, and scuffs. Offered with a mere 71k verified and documented miles, this recently serviced R33 would make for a wonderful daily driver or fun platform to modify. Collectible, unique, and reliable this mid-nineties Nissan is an affordable Japanese Classic you won't want to miss out on!
The R33 is a larger vehicle than its predecessor and the interior quality jumped up a notch as well. The cabin is clean and in good overall shape. The driver benefits from decent visibility and the dashboard lacks any cracks or distortion, which plagued the R32. A driver-side SRS airbag keeps you safe and the steering column is manually adjustable. The windows, locks, and mirrors are all electric and work as they should, save for the power-folding function. The cabin is largely as it left the factory except the OEM head unit was swapped out in Japan for a Panasonic unit. It works properly and other upgrades include a Nismo style shift knob and RAZO pedals. The seats are trimmed in a soft gray cloth. It's soft to the touch and lacks and major rips, stains, or tears. They are comfortable over long trips and have held up well over the years. The door cards and headliner look equally good and the carpets have withstood any major abuse over the past quarter-century. That is not to say the cabin is perfect as there is some leather wear under the steering wheel cover and the climate control system blend door clicks like most every R33 we see.
The chassis is balanced, with nearly 50/50 weight distribution. This pays dividends for handling and braking but we also love how silky smooth the RB20E is. This 2.0L straight-six is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. It idles so seamlessly you can hardly tell the vehicle is on. A new engine air filter helps it to breathe a little better and an aftermarket catback exhaust frees up a few more ponies. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. Gear changes are performed without any grinds, and the shifter returns decent feedback. While it lacks the power of the turbo 2.0L, it gets up to highways speeds safely and the engine creates less heat than the RB20DET which only helps longevity. It also returns better fuel economy than the force-inducted engine and is easier to get your hands around. Our technicians also replaced the rear transmission seal and changed the differential fluid while the R33 was in our shop. We also wanted to note a small leak coming from the aforementioned diff. The suspension is predictable and can handle the rigors of daily use. The braking performance is above average and the 18" ITC Sebring alloys are wrapped in brand new tires.
*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.