1995 Nissan Y33 Gloria GT

Sold: $9,495

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Stock Number: 4676

Very few imports deliver so highly on style and comfort on such a budget. Typically you have to sacrifice on refinement or overall condition, but the Y33 really is one of the best bang for the buck chassis that we bring over. Much like the previous generation, Y32 was, the Y33 platform may be the next big thing here in the US so we highly recommend getting in before the craze begins. This 1995 Gloria is finished in a stately Silver Metallic (KL0) and touched down with a mere 60K verified miles. The paint is in great shape for its age and is a properly understated color for a luxury sedan. Luckily light colors like this don't show too much by way of paint imperfections, but there's always going to be a few little stone chips and clear coat scratches on anything 26 years old. The body itself is just as clean and untouched. With looks like this, you don't need a wild body kit to make people stop in their tracks. Since these need little help in the aesthetics department the only change made was the wheels. The stock wheels are rather underwhelming so a more fitting set of polished 19" Lowenhart X/Positions wrapped in fresh rubber replace them. These fill the wheel wells far better without having to switch over to coilovers which means you can keep the comfortable ride these were designed to give.

The cabin is about as nice as any example we have imported to date. The list of power features are quite long, and its standard dual SRS airbags are a rare safety feature that we don't see too often. The gray cloth seats are soft to the touch and super supportive on long drives. Being a proper luxury sedan both front seats are fully power-adjustable, even down to the lumbar support. The textured gray cloth is in spectacular shape for its age, showing no real signs of wear. Spared from any careless stains or seam splits you'd be hard-pressed to find a 25-year-old car sold stateside this nice. The carpets match the interior nicely and are in just as clean condition. The dash is in good shape as well, accented by faux wood trim. Hands down the best part of the interior is the fully digital gauge cluster. The color contrasting is stark and the gauge sweep at startup is worth the price of admission alone. While the interior is in overall spectacular shape there is one flaw to note and that's the factory infotainment system. This was one of the first cars with factory Nav, TV, and Climate Control all integrated into one screen. Unfortunately, like most overly complicated 90's technology, it hasn't held up as well as the rest of the car. Because that screen has gone out it's limited the climate control severely. It will randomly work when you're blindly pushing buttons, but we're going to consider it effectively useless at this point. You still have a slew of power accessories that are all still working as they should. Power windows with the one-touch driver's feature and a large power sunroof (with the hard to find wind deflector) let you really enjoy that open-air motoring. Cruise control is another of the hard to find options that we all take for granted these days. Power mirrors and locks were also standard which make day to day life a bit easier.

One of the major advantages of the VQ series over the outgoing VG was the aluminum alloy block and heads, helping to reduce weight while not having to sacrifice power. The turbo 3.0L V6 has no problem with getting up and going either, these cars are surprisingly quick for their size. When you put your foot down the turbo is quick to spool and pulls hard to 6,500RPM redline. Thanks to a new battery and alternator the VQ fires right up now. For being a sizeable V6 the stock exhaust does a heck of a job quieting it down. You also get a little better fuel economy with the new design which is always a nice bonus. The brakes are plenty confident at speed having no trouble with reeling you back in. Mated to an automatic gearbox, power is sent to the rear wheels, the way it should be in a luxury car. The tranny is smooth shifting and responsive, and can most certainly handle the rigors of daily driving. Since you still have the stock suspension you get nice a supple ride that still has the ability to handle a turn unlike your grandparent's old Cadillac Seville. The power-assisted steering makes these feel rather light on their feet and makes low-speed parking a breeze. Since this one did need a new outer tie rod it was just aligned so that's one less thing to worry about for some time to come. This clean, low mileage, Gran Turismo is about as fine an example of a Y33 as we have seen. Its cushy cockpit, reliable mechanicals, and understated styling make this a true Japanese Classic you won't want to miss!

*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.

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