1996 Nissan Skyline GTS25-t Type M
Available for: $25,495
Stock Number: 4975
Sports coupes like this 1996 Skyline hit a sweet spot in the market. Although values are rapidly increasing due to the skyrocketing demand and a dwindling supply, these can still be found at a reasonable price point. They feel much more modern than the R32, which dates back to the 1980s in its design, and this generation is an all-around better performer. Offered with a mere 95K verified miles this Series 2 Type M packs a potent 2.5L turbocharged engine, rear-drive, and a five-speed manual. Finished in a stately Sonic Silver (KR4), the R33 has more flowing lines than its predecessor and is accentuated with a sleek wing outback. Aside from a few minor dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use, the body is in good shape. Recently serviced, and legally imported this stellar R33 is a great investment that you can daily drive and hits all the marks for the driving enthusiast.
The cabin is much larger than the car it replaced and includes several impressive convenience and safety features. For starters, Nissan chose to utilize more premium interior materials and included dual SRS front airbags. Power windows, locks, and mirrors were standard and all work except for the power-folding mirror functions. An adjustable steering column is also standard and the view of the road ahead is clear and unobstructed. The dash is in good shape and lacks any cracking or discoloration. There is very light distortion by the passenger side airbag but is hardly noticeable and rather common, as are the clicky-sounding defrost vents. The gauges are clear and easy to read, with the exception of the tach, all work as they should. The automatic digital climate control system is simple to operate and easy to read. Directly below is a touchscreen Kenwood head unit that replaces the factory unit. The sound quality isn't half bad and the system doesn't feel as dated as most do. The seats are trimmed in textured blue and gray upholstery. Aside from a tear in the driver's side bolster, they lack any major imperfections otherwise. They are plenty supportive on long trips and break up the neutral interior color scheme. The headliner is clean, while the door cards and carpets are in equally good condition. Beyond a little wear on the shift boot and steering wheel, the interior condition is impressive and it is obvious this car was cared for in Japan.
The mechanical underpinnings are a high point of this model and the heart of this beast in Nissan's venerable RB25DET powerplant. Fresh off an oil and filter service, this silky six-cylinder fires up quickly with a twist of the key. A new 12V battery ensures that this RB starts during those cold winter snaps and should last for the next four years. It idles nearly vibration-free and breaths well thanks to a new engine air filter. The most expensive maintenance item besides a clutch is the timing belt and water pump service. Our trained techs have taken care of this so the new owner won't have to deal with it for another 100K km. New serpentine belts were also added along with a new thermostat while we were in there. Power is fed to the rear wheels through a close-ratio five-speed manual transmission. The gearbox shifts properly and lacks any hitches or grinds. The driving dynamics are quite good as the chassis boasts great weight distribution and handles well while going through the twisties. This particular model was optioned with the OEM rear strut tower brace which keeps things tied together quite nicely and increases chassis rigidity. New front brake pads allow this GTS25-t to stop promptly and the steering system is on point and communicative. The alloys have all been wrapped in new all-season rubber at all four corners. These new tires quiet down the ride immeasurably and should last for tens of thousands of miles to come. To ensure they last as long as possible we have also performed an alignment after they were mounted and balanced. This clean, unmolested, coupe is fun to drive, fast and boasts Nissan reliability. If you value performance, simplicity, and refinement this Skyline seems to strike the perfect balance.
*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.