1995 Nissan Skyline R33 Aero Coupe
Pending Sale: $22,995
Stock Number: 4799
The R33 Skyline doesn't get the press that the R34 and R32 receive, which mystifies us. Objectively, as a vehicle, this '95 Skyline coupe is so much more car than the previous generation 32. Upgraded interior materials, a larger displacement turbo six, and a more rigid platform were all a part of the model update, and the drive is splendid. Finished in Cloud White (QM1) this Type-M aero spec version is offered with a mere 66K verified miles. It's obvious this one was well cared for, especially since it's a one-owner vehicle. Being that this one was fitted with the factory aero package it has a more aggressive front end with matching side skirts and rear spats with the high-rise factory wing to polish it all off. The fact that it's all factory optioned is a nice touch since we see so many aftermarket aero options these days. To spice up the stock looks a set of 17" BBS mesh wheels were added since the factory ones are a bit bland in comparison to the rest of the styling.
The cockpit of this two-door is above average in condition. Unlike the generation that preceded it, the R33 is lauded for the quality of the interior materials. The dash, for instance, is neither cracked nor discolored due to sun damage. The headliner, door cards, and carpets all are largely unblemished and are devoid of major stains, rips, or loose material. The gray cloth seats are soft to the touch and provide plenty of bolstering for long trips or your daily commute. There is one small bolster rip on the edge of the driver's side which you can spot in the photos, otherwise, they're both in great shape. Per usual the back seats look hardly ever used, though you can fit two adults back there in a pinch. The R33 has more interior room than the R32, making your shoulder and legroom noticeably better. The gauge cluster remains simple and easy to read much like they were in the R32s. A Mechanical Blitz Boost Gauge was added to the mix since the factory one is a bit of a joke. The rest of the interior has been kept pretty much all stock with the mere addition of a Nismo shift knob and Carrozzeria deck. You'll still probably want to replace the head unit down the line, but it's at least sufficient at the moment. It even has the original steering wheel with a factory airbag which was a rare option to see at the time. Standard power amenities include windows, locks, and mirrors and the center stack also includes your digital climate control. You even have the factory rain guards for a little extra ventilation when the weather turns poor.
Mechanically, the R33 platform came with a host of noticeable improvements over the previous generation. While still retaining the rear-drive layout, the 2.0L RB was replaced with a 2.5L straight-six. This change resulted in a vehicle with much more torque that was easier to daily drive without wringing it out. The RB25DET is silky smooth and fires up immediately. The RB sets into a constant idle with a deep tone thanks to its high flow axel back exhaust. On the other end of the car, you've got an HKS open filter intake which makes all the right turbo noises when you put your foot in it. The suspension has also seen some slight improvements as well. Bilstein shocks sit at all four corners to help neutralize body roll and a Cusco strut tower brace helps to cut down on flex. Acceleration is brisk thanks to the larger displacement, and the five-speed manual gives the pilot some full control over the driveline. Shifts are direct and occur without a hitch or snag in sending the power outback. With its slightly larger wheelbase and redesigned body you really have to experience an R33 to truly appreciate how much of a leap Nissan made with this generation. As we go over all of our vehicles mechanically prior to sale this one is no different. We've gone ahead and addressed all of your major concerns like a new Timing Belt and Water pump, for instance, which is one of the biggest routine services necessary. It also has a new battery and filter to ensure a quick and easy start-up. To make sure stopping isn't an issue either new pads have found their way to all four corners as well as fresh rubber to make sure you're never short on grip. With everything back in proper shape, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better all around car. These are plenty sporty when you're looking to have some backroad fun, yet civil enough for your morning commute. It's a testament to Nissan's engineering, as this car still outperforms half the cars on the road today despite having been made a quarter-century ago.
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