1996 Nissan Cima Y33 VIP
Nissan's Y33 is a vehicle known throughout enthusiast circles as being comfortable, reliable, and downright stylish. These executive sedans are no stranger to being modified with the latest and greatest aero that the aftermarket industry has to offer, and examples such as this 1996 Cima are some of the cream of the crop, with this particular slab sporting a full Junction Produce aero kit. Throw in a refined V8 power plant under the hood, a cockpit full of power amenities and you have a recipe for one seriously capable VIP sedan. Finished in Nissan's Black Pearl (KH3), the exterior shows well, with no major dents, scuffs, or chips to note outside of some light scratching on the hood and expected waves on the aftermarket body panels. The aero looks menacing, and covers the front, sides, and even the doors. Complementing the more aggressive body work is a set of 20" Carlsson alloys, LED tail lights, and OEM rainguards, while the entire chassis benefits from a significant drop courtesy of some JIC Magic coilovers. With only 74k verified/documented miles on the clock, this Cima is fresh off a recent service in-house and is ripe and ready to transport whatever precious cargo it comes across in the US. Powerful, refined, and drop dead gorgeous, this Y33 is a VIP Japanese Classic sure to turn heads wherever it goes.
The interior is spacious and well equipped for handling daily duty or a lengthy weekend trip to your favorite car show. The seats are trimmed in a plush executive leather and have held up well over the years, resisting any serious cracking or UV damage we typically see on leather seats of this vintage. The dash is in equally good nick, with no cracks or lifting to note. Safety-conscious pilots and passengers will appreciate the inclusion of dual SRS airbags up front, and standard side SRS airbags, although the driver's front airbag has been sacrificed in favor of a stylish faux carbon Fabulous steering wheel. The driver will surely be satisfied with a functional tilt/telescoping steering column and 4 way power seat adjustment. The lower tortoise patterned dash trim is clean and houses a factory touch screen multifunction display with a fully functional digital automatic climate control unit. A/C is cold and hot heat is on the ready for these brisk winter chills. The factory audio is fully functional and sounds crisp and clear through a set of upgraded door speakers, and a DVD player has even been retrofitted to the glovebox, displaying on a pair of matching screens in the sun visors. A handful of power amenities are locked and loaded to make the daily driving experience stress-free including power windows, locks, and power mirrors that work at the push of a button. The back seats offer up ample room for three additional passengers, and a dual-zone climate control unit is present in the armrest so that rear riders can adjust temperature independent of the front seats. The back seats even slide fore and aft to accommodate more leg room if necessary. The trunk has ample space to haul cargo, and we've even included the matching Junction Produce carpeted floor mats to protect your factory upholstery underneath. All in all, if you can see past a few defects on the door cards and the non-functional power folding mirrors and keyless entry system, this interior should do great from the streets to the shows.
Pop the hood, crank the key, and the VH41DE V8 emits a raucous roar from the custom quad tipped exhaust system. This Cima was clearly built to turn heads, and the drivetrain is no different. The engine cranks over swiftly, care of a new 12v battery, and idling is butter smooth. A replacement of the valve cover gaskets and a fresh oil and filter service ensures you won't lose a drop of lubricant, and new serpentine belts installed by our trained technicians will keep this one running right as rain for the road ahead. Acceleration is impressive and the driving experience is surprisingly refined if you close up the Apex'i exhaust damper, a useful upgrade to keep your eardrums safe during those long highway commutes. Shifts through the automatic transmission are smooth and plenty responsive and the gearing is ideal for highway cruises or leisurely around-town commutes. The JIC suspension rides firm but is surprisingly compliant. Adjustable camber arms in the front and rear and a fresh custom-spec alignment ensure you'll be tracking straight and safe for the road ahead. The power steering is light and on point for a luxury sedan, and the aftermarket alloys are wrapped in good rubber, knee deep in tread for wherever this Cima takes you.
*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.