1995 Nissan Skyline R33 Coupe
Available for: $21,995
Stock Number: 4771
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 era, it comes in at less than a 250lbs difference. When you partner all the improved designs 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. Being able to track down an unmodified car this late in the game has become a rarity. Perfect for the purist or those looking for a blank slate to work from or even someone simply looking for a collectible. This '95 is finished in a particularly understated Spark Silver Metallic (KL0) which is a good choice for those of us who like to fly a bit under the radar. The paint shows great for its age and a body that matches. While we always expect to find a door ding or two, there's nothing particularly noteworthy otherwise. It even sports a rather uncommon factory parking pole up front as well, which we don't often see on sports cars, but is a neat little addition.
The more robust platform of the R33 had some benefits trickle down to the interior; the increased chassis stiffness lends itself to fewer squeaks and rattles, making this a nice daily driver option. The seats are in great shape, far nicer than most vehicles half its age. The bolstering is better than the prior models, and provide great support over long haul road trips. While the rear seats appear to have hardly ever been used, like with most all sport coupes. Overall the interior has been kept pretty much all stock barring the upgraded shift knob and what feels like a short-throw shifter. The dash is in good shape and devoid of any major cracks or distortion which was a big issue with the R32. One quick peek at the cluster and it's a deal giveaway that this one was swapped by the original owner at some point. One concern with manual swaps is that it can often cause the tach to be inoperable, but both speed and RPM are functioning as they should. We do want to make note that this is not the original cluster. According to the records in the glove box, it was replaced around the 19,000KM mark which means it's really closer to 81,000KM (or 50K miles) currently. The door cards and headliner are in good nick, tightly held to their upholstered surfaces. The gray cloth matches the seats and is still soft to the touch. Since this one was originally optioned without factory audio a simple Addzest head unit was added which does work to the best of its ability here. Ultimately you'll want to swap it out with something more current, but it beats nothing in the meantime. Like the R32 it replaces, these had all the basic power amenities for the time; power windows, mirrors, locks, and automatic digital climate control. The only thing not currently working is the power-fold feature, however, you can still manually close them for some added safety when street parking.
Beauty is only skin deep, and the best part of this vehicle is under the hood. The power plant is the robust RB25DET, which is famous for being not only reliable but easy to tune. The turbocharged straight 6 fires up quickly and idles silky smooth, and provides a noticeable uptick in torque over the RB20DET it replaced. Not only was displacement increased but the turbocharger was a bit larger as well. The RB fires up quickly and pulls hard throughout the RPM range. The transmission on this one has been swapped out for the more favorable 5 speed. Originally it left the factory with an auto (hence the gauge cluster) but was swapped out for a 5 speed at some point in time to make it a bit more exciting. Shifts through the 5-speed manual transmission are hitch-free and smooth, while the clutch engages with ease. As note above, it feels as if a short-throw shifter was added at the same time which really cleans up the gearbox. The stock suspension does great work of keeping you stable over rough roads and will build your confidence when you start throwing it around on some local backroads. The brakes do a great job of reeling you down from highways speeds, since the R33 has no problem getting you into speeds that'll catch the eye of a state trooper. As with all of our vehicles we've gone over it mechanically to make sure its turn key for its new owner. If it wasn't already obvious that this one was well maintained, it came in needing only a few routine items. Fresh rubber on all four corners helps to ensure you've got plenty of grip at hand. All of our vehicles get a routine oil change, and we also threw in a fresh battery so you won't have any issues with cold starts with winter well on its way. For those looking for a particularly clean, all stock, car that's just as happy pulling daily duty as it is tearing up back roads then look no further. This GTS25-t is the ideal candidate for anyone looking to stand out in the crowd.
*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.