1995 Nissan Skyline R33 Series 1.5
Pending Sale: $22,495
Stock Number: 4775
The R33 is the most disputed 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 from the outgoing R32 while bringing a far more refined interior to the table. Fitted with its potent RB25DET these cars are the best bang for the buck performance-wise in the Skyline lineup. Our latest one is anything but stock, but unlike our typical modified cars, it's not a stripped-out track rat. For starters, the bodywork has been completely revised. A full GP Sports G-Four Aero kit was added which takes the factory lines and puts a more dramatic spin on them. The kit isn't over the top by comparison to many of them from the era but does give the car a more distinct look. In keeping with the original color, they kept the car similar to the stock Super Black (KH3) but with a twist. When the aero was added the entire car was resprayed in an incredibly dark Midnight Blue. If you're not looking at it in direct sunlight or right up on the car then you'd think it's just your standard black for sure which is a really neat little trait. The kit matches up quite well with the factory lines which is always a bonus when you're talking about aftermarket parts. The new paint looks like it was all done when the aero was added based on the way the color matches out, subsequently, there really isn't much to gripe about with the paint. There are always going to be a few little stone chips or some clear coat scratches, but nothing out of the ordinary for a 25 year old car. Tanabe coilovers get the ride height dialed in on the staggered set of wheels. 18" Weds Kranze up front with 19" Work Eurolines in the back, all of which are wrapped in fresh rubber. Between the black faces and polished lips, they add some flair to the side profile without being glaringly in your face.
The interior has had a full-on overhaul. Starting with a matching set of bright red adjustable Recarcos they fit the more aggressive tone of the car perfectly. Both seats have been kept in great shape for the age with only some minor bolster wear and some light discoloration. We anticipate to see that on any seat with more aggressive bolstering, but luckily they've been spared from the bigger issues like rips or tears. They offer great support but won't kill you on longer drives like fixed-back buckets tend to. The deep-dish Vertex wheel with matching red stitching is a nice touch and gives you a great seating position. The door panels have also been rewrapped in a matching red Alcantara to tie it all together. The wrap was well done without the typical puckering that hastily done jobs tend to have. One thing to note is that the steering column shrouding and A-pillar trim are both missing, however, it's not all that noticeable in comparison to the typical gutted interiors we see on modified cars. Speaking of which, the rear seats have been deleted, but not as you'd typically expect. Instead, two massive 12's in a custom enclosure with an Autotek amp take their place. While the audio setup is all rather slick, and rather pricey, it currently is not powered so we haven't been able to actually test out the setup. They used high-quality pieces like the Rockford Fosgate head unit and Kicker KQ5 controller so we imagine a proper stereo shop could get everything back in working order. On the trend of tricky upgrades when you pop open the center console you find a whole host of buttons and controllers. The main two are the Pivot push start and the relocated climate control system. They left the original system still in the dash, presumably for show, but the one in the center console is the actual functioning one. You also have a green/blue switch with adjustable dimmers for the gauge cluster which is a particularly tricky little piece. They also swapped out all of the bulbs on the center console to LEDs which really gives the interior a revamped look. The cluster has been swapped out in favor of a sportier GTR cluster, in turn, the mileage can't be verified. It reads at 56K miles which seems like a fair assumption, however, we still have to list it as true mileage unknown. As you can see in the photos that the tach is currently inoperable which is typically indicative of a cluster failure. Like your standard R33 it still has the power windows, locks, and power mirrors to make day to day life more enjoyable.
Mechanically, the R33 platform demonstrates a bevy of noticeable improvements over the prior generation car. While still retaining the rear-drive layout, the 2.0L RB was replaced with the beefier 2.5L. This change resulted in a vehicle with much more torque that was easier to daily drive without wringing it out. Unlike all of today's hybrids where you have to check to see if it actually turned on, there's no doubt about when the RB fires up. A Blitz catback exhaust gives the RB its signature sound, which frankly there aren't many motors out there that sound as good as these. The Blitz system gives you a nice deep tone without driving you up a wall on the highway like straight piped cars tend to. An open filter intake lets the turbo sing when you get under load. Paired up with a massive front mount intercooler you've got no issues with feed fresh air to the turbo and helps cut down on spool times as well. Plus let's be serious, it really polishes off the front end looks filling up that bumper. An underappreciated item is the new Greddy windshield washer fluid reservoir which really does help clean up the looks of the engine bay. As already noted the suspension has had some love thanks to the Tanabe coilovers setup. While the R33 was known for correcting many of the handling issues with the R32, adding in some better pieces never hurt. The 5-speed is a blast, and the clutch is surprisingly light. There appear to be no signs of slipping or hitches when hammering through the gears. The power pairs up nicely with the suspension work that was done, making these just as fun on the highway as they are a windy back road. Like all of our cars, it's gone through a full mechanical service covering most of the major items like the batter and serpentine belts. We also gave the car a full tune-up with new plugs, and a refreshed fuel system to make sure it purrs like a kitten. For those of us after a turn-key car that you can hop in and turn heads then look no further. Not all of us have the time or space to build a car from the ground up, so why not jump into one with a strong base. Leave it as it is or a starting point for a more intense build, either way, it's hard not to smile every time you depress the starter button.
*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.