1996 Skyline R33 GTS25-t
When R33 Skylines first landed stateside, the polarizing design was a love-it-or-hate-it kind of affair. Luckily the model has aged gracefully, like this 1996 "Series 2" GTS25-t. It is a great example of the styling improvements made towards the tail end of this chassis' lifespan. Boasting a more aggressive front fascia and bolder, more angular styling cues throughout, the exterior on this one shows nicely, sporting Nissan's Sonic Silver (KR4) and a few OEM+ touches throughout! Factory Type M side skirts accentuate this Skyline's sleek silhouette, and a mid-rise wing and LED tail lights polish things off on the rear end. A set of aftermarket coilovers closes up any unsightly wheel gap, helping the 17" Buddy Club alloys to tuck snugly into the fender well. Aside from a replaced front bumper in Japan and some expected chips, dents, and dings along the exterior, it's safe to say this one has held up pretty well over the years, and with 92k verified/documented miles on the clock, it's easy to see why. With a great powertrain and plenty of amenities on hand to make daily driving enjoyable, this would be an ideal option for everyday commutes, weekend joyrides, or even a garage queen that is destined for quick jaunts to your local cars and coffee. Whatever you do with it, this R33 is a true jack of all trades and a Japanese Classic sure to keep a smile on your face.
The interior is in good nick, and chock full of safety features and power amenities to make the daily driving experience a breeze for all pilots and passengers. Perhaps the biggest improvement for the Series 2 refresh was Nissan's inclusion of dual SRS airbags up front. Paired with a tilt adjustable steering column, the driver has plenty of room to tailor the cockpit to their liking. The dash is trimmed in a soft-touch black vinyl and shows well, with no cracks, peeling, or lifting to be found. Complementing the dash is some refreshed upholstery, while the patterned grey cloth material shows well overall we did want to note some bolster wear and previous signs of repair on the driver's bucket. Factor in some additional height adjustment and lumbar support and the overall condition isn't too worse for the wear. The rest of the upholstery is in great nick save for a couple of stains here and there! The lower dash trim, notorious for peeling, has resisted any serious wear and tear although we must note there are a few cracks along the bottom. Thankfully it houses a fully functional digital automatic climate control unit, and with the ability to rapidly switch between ice-cold A/C and hot heat, you'll be taken care of in any weather condition. Nestled below the HVAC is an upgraded Addzest audio unit, which plays sound crisp and clear throughout the cabin thanks to a speaker upgrade. Power windows, locks, and even power folding mirrors are all fully operational and function at the push of a button. The rear bench offers up a functional amount of space for little ones, and the trunk features ample room for groceries or other cargo. Overall, the cabin was clearly cared for in a prior life, save for some expected staining on the seats and sun visors and wear on the steering wheel, and it should suit the next owner well for the road ahead.
Under the bonnet, the RB25DET engine sits in good, unmodified form. Benefitting from a slight power bump over the previous iteration, this one has been fully serviced in-house by our trained technicians. A fresh engine air filter and fuel filter keeps this one running healthy and she also cranks over seamlessly care of a new 12v battery. With the maintenance performed she runs right as rain and gets up to highway speeds in a jiffy, and a sought after NISMO catback exhaust emits a reserved roar when under throttle. The 5 speed manual gearbox is easy to navigate, delivering smooth and direct shifts up and down the gears. The ride quality is quite comfortable for aftermarket suspension, and this one cruises comfortably even on some rougher terrain. If you choose to traverse this through back road twists and turns, there's plenty of handling response to be had, and we've replaced both front lower ball joints to shore up the drivetrain a bit. This sporty coupe brakes confidently, thanks to new pads on the rear, and the power steering is direct and on point as well. The new all-season tires are knee-deep in tread and should deliver plenty of grip when you need it most. While the R33 chassis has been legal for quite some time, examples like this put a fresh face on an otherwise timeless platform, and this one is ready to be enjoyed for tens of thousands of miles to come!
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