1996 R33 GTS25T Type M
Nissan's final iteration of R33 production pulled out all the stops when it came to upgrades in styling, power, and refinement. Our 1996 Series II is a great example of the chassis and has racked up just 114k verified and documented miles from new. Finished in Sonic Silver Metallic (KR4) the exterior offers a lot to brag about as well, with a revised front fascia, Type M aero on the front, sides and rear, a factory rear spoiler, and a tasteful set of refinished R32 alloys. Sporting no discernible defects outside of some light paint variation, this R33 has looks that kill and the period correct modifications do a lot to aid this chassis' desirability. The Skyline name is practically synonymous with the Japanese Classic moniker, so why would we call this one anything different?
The interior is built to perform and serve the needs of nearly anyone who occupies the cabin. Compared to the R32 before it, the R33 saw immense upgrades in interior fit and finish, comfort, and space. The seats are finished in a durable patterned cloth that looks right at home in this classic cockpit. The upholstery has resisted any huge stains or rips over the years, save for a slight tear to the driver's bolster, and the sweeping vinyl dash is in good nick too! The center stack frames period correct Sony audio, and a digital automatic climate control system that's both easy to use, and ripe with cold Aircon and hot heat! The sound quality from the aftermarket headunit is above average overall and the radio's design is unapologetically Y2K as well. Both power windows slide up and down with ease, and the power locks and electronic folding side mirrors work like a charm. The headliner and carpets have withstood the past couple of decades with nary a stain, and the rear seats look seldom used. A Casino boost gauge helps the driver keep an eye on their PSI's and dual SRS airbags are present up front for any safety conscious passengers. Overall, for a genre-defining chassis, you'd expect the interior to follow suit, and this Skyline's definitely does the job. We even retained the original owner's manual, a clear sign this GTS25-T was cared for in a prior life.
Stout in factory form but even meaner with upgrades, the RB25DET under the bonnet is a fan-favorite powerplant, and this one is chock full of the service and accessories to deliver a rewarding driving experience overall. The I-6 cranks over swiftly, care of a new 12v battery, and we performed a comprehensive timing belt and water pump service. Additionally, we went ahead and took care of new serpentine belts all the way around, and a fresh oil and filter service keeps everything well lubricated and running smoothly. A new fuel pump and filter keeps any unwanted contaminants out of your petrol, and this RB screams to redline through an HKS Super Drager exhaust. A SARD radiator helps regulate thermal load, and a 5 speed manual transmission throws power rearward without any grinds or hitches. We replaced a pinion seal at the rear differential, and this 33 drives and handles like a dream. The power steering is light and direct, and braking is confident as well, thanks to a Tomei master cylinder stopper. New Falkens on all four corners pay dividends in terms of traction and comfort, and we performed a fresh alignment here so you get the most out of the fresh rubber!
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