1996 Gloria GranTurismo
We think the Y33 could be perhaps the best value of any executive class sedan being imported from Japan to the US, at the current moment. While the Celsior and President get tons of love, the overall design of the Gloria platform feels more modern and updated, and can be had at a fraction of the price. Our 1996 Gloria is a fabulous driving sedan, and is offered with a mere 44k verified and documented miles. Finished in Cloud White (QM1), and set off by some dark privacy tint, the body and paint are in good nick aside from some light dings, chips, and scrapes associated with normal use. It doesn't hurt that the cabin is filled with power amenities and an upgrade or two as well. Refined, reliable, and unique the Y33 is a stellar vehicle to own and daily drive. Turn-key and ready to roll this special five-seater won't last long and is a certified Japanese Classic.
The cabin is in far above average shape and the vehicle was cared for in a prior life. Even the maintenance booklets and factory owners manual made it stateside and are included in the sale. Unlike most vehicles of this era, the Gloria has functional keyless entry. You slide into the cabin and are met with plenty of power equipment and an unencumbered view of the road ahead. The dash is in wonderful shape, lacking any cracking or distortion, and houses dual front SRS airbags for some added peace of mind. The automatic digital climate control is simple to operate and features cold A/C and piping hot heat. The Kenwood touchscreen headunit below sounds great and spices up the cabin. Electric windows, power-folding mirrors, and locks are all in good working order. The driver even benefits from a tilt steering column and electrically adjustable seat. It even slides back when the driver opens their door! The carpets, door cards, and headliner have withstood major abuse over the years, and even at higher speeds, very little wind or road noise enters the cabin. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as there are one of two light blemishes like a scratch on the radio screen and an intermittently working electric parking pole, but that's a bit of nitpicking. It is still fair to say that the overall condition exceeds most anything we see in this segment.
A luxury saloon should be engineered with a front-engine and rear-wheel-drive layout. This Y33 certainly is, and under the hood is a silky smooth VQ30DE. This modern powerplant is so good it makes you forget there is a turbo option. Fresh off an oil and filter service the 3.0L fires up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. It idles with little vibration thanks to a new set of spark plugs installed by one of our trained techs. The V6 is connected to a slick-shifting automatic transmission. It sails through the gears and even at wide-open throttle, it shifts like butter. Merging is stress-free and the gearbox makes good use of the engine's powerband. It handles well even with some aftermarket lowering springs which help to positively tweak the aesthetics ever so slightly. It passes over the rough pavement with confidence and gobbles up large and small potholes alike. The power steering is light and on point like it should be. The brakes are confident and the six-spoke factory Nissan wheels are all wrapped in new Falken all-season rubber. The new tires quiet down the road noise and will deliver tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.