1996 Nissan Skyline GTS

Sold: $18,495

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Stock #6263

One of Japan's most legendary designs is the Nissan Skyline. The R33 generation is often lost in the mix, and it's a shame because it's a really great platform. Balanced, reliable, and easy on the eyes, this 1996 coupe would make for a wonderful daily driver or cool weekend cruiser. Finished is a lovely Cloud White (QM1), this Series 2 example is lowered on Tein adjustable coilovers, and set off by an OEM rear wing, factory optional side skirts, and a set of stunning Hasemi ProGT alloys. Aside from a few light dings, chips, and scuffs the paint is in good shape, and we wanted to note the core support, hood and fenders were replaced in Japan at some point. The good news is this sports coupe is no worse for the wear, and drives like a million bucks! It's also turn key and ready to roll, boasting a mere 127k verified and documented miles, and is fresh off a recent service. Fun to drive, affordable, and reliable, this GTS is one sweet Japanese Classic!

The cabin is in above average condition, overall. A few upgrades, like a MoMo Race steering wheel and an Alpine headunit modernize the interior. The driver benefits from a tilt adjustable steering column to find the ideal driving position, and head and legroom are huge improvement over the R32 chassis it replaced. The passenger gains a dash mounted airbag for some added peace of mind. To make daily driving more enjoyable, power windows, locks, and mirrors are all on hand and work like a charm. The seats are upholstered in a durable blue and gray cloth. The material lacks any major defects other than a driver's bolster tear and can handle the rigors of daily use. The headliner and door cards are in good nick too, as are the carpets. The digital automatic climate control is in good working order, giving the driver the ability to cycle cold A/C and piping hot heat through the cockpit. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as we wanted to note the stereo display is inoperable and the power folding function of the side mirrors has given up the ghost. The audio works, and the overall condition is impressive, even the owners manuals and some additional maintenance records are on hand for the next owner to enjoy. 

This platform is balanced and fun, with its near 50/50 weight distribution and front engine, rear drive layout. Under the hood, a silky smooth RB20E stands at attention to reliably power this Nissan. The six-cylinder churns to life care of a new 12v battery and is fresh off an oil and filter service. Low displacement, high cylinder count motors always sound killer and this tone emitted by the RB is improved by a 5Zigen polished exhaust. To ensure the 2.0L runs seamlessly, a new fuel filter, fuel sock, and engine air filter were replaced. The RB is linked to a five speed manual gearbox. Shifts up and down the tree are rewarding and the transmission doesn't suffer from any hitches or grinds. Power is sent rearward and acceleration is fair for a non-turbo Skyline. Getting up to highway speeds is a stress free affair and this little coupe is peppy from stoplight to stoplight. Handling is a strong suit of this chassis and the Tein suspension improves grip over the factory dampers. The R33 stays planted in the twisties and looks aggressive with the reduced fender gaps. The power steering is direct and provides all the feedback you need! The brakes feel confident and grip is handled by four new all season tires mounted and balanced at each corner. To complete this terrific car's reconditioning, we aligned the Skyline to prolong tire life and this coupe drives straight as an arrow! 

*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.

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