1998 R33 Skyline GTS25-T
In the mid 90's, Nissan's R33 Skyline was the lucky recipient of a healthy mid-cycle refresh. Not only was the polarizing rounded bodywork ditched in favor of a more aggressive front fascia, but the interior was upgraded as was the 2.5 turbo under the bonnet to push a few more ponies as well. Our 1998 GTS25-T is a fantastic, near-stock example of the final year of R33 production and is finished in Cloud White (QM1). The exterior sports factory fog lights, a tasteful OEM rear spoiler, and factory rainguards along both doors. Save for some paint chips and a prior replacement of the hood and the driver's door and rocker, the exterior has a lot going for it. Records from Japan indicate a documented instrument brand new cluster replacement at 147735 kilometers in 2021 (91k miles), and therefore this vehicle is being sold with unverified/unknown miles. Regardless, that does little to take away from the appeal of this chassis as a whole and it's clear this one was cared for in a prior life as well. As a collectible, comfortable, and plenty useful Japanese Classic, the R33 can't be beat.
The interior on this one is above average as far as condition goes and was clearly cared for in a prior life. The patterned cloth seats, notorious for tearing around the bolster, have resisted the last couple of decades of use without any major defects aside from a small separation at the seat base, and the dash materials are free of any unwanted cracks, peeling, or other miscellaneous UV damage. New for 1996, dual SRS airbags are standard up front, and the driver further benefits from a tilt adjustable steering column to further dial in the safest and most ideal driving position. Nestled in a center stack, a digital automatic climate control unit works like a charm and pumps out Cold A/C and hot heat as needed. A Carrozzeria touch screen headunit supplies the tunes below, with Bluetooth functionality and upgraded speakers for a more modern driving experience. Both power windows unfurl with ease, and power locks and power door mirrors provide some added accessibility for daily driving. The headliner is clean, and the carpets underneath have resisted any serious wear and tear over the years. Overall, the condition of this cabin is thoroughly impressive, and we've even retained the factory owner's manual, maintenance booklet, and a spare key to sweeten the deal even more!
Under the hood, the RB25DET remains a consistently delightful engine option for this chassis and ours has the added benefit of a comprehensive recent service in house by our trained technicians, including a fresh timing belt and water pump, and all new serpentine belts! A fresh oil and filter service gets you on track for scheduled maintenance and a new crank seal ensures you won't lose a drop of necessary lubricant. A new thermostat was installed to maintain proper operating temps, and we replaced the engine air filter, fuel filter, and spark plugs as a bit of a tune-up. Additionally, a new fuel pump was also installed to reliably deliver petrol to the smooth RB. With the maintenance performed this one is a treat to drive and shoots up to highway speeds at the snap of a finger. The 5 speed manual gearbox is easy to navigate and free of any unwanted grinds, slips, or pop-outs. Power is shot rearward thanks to a new clutch, and the long wheelbase is easy to control throughout more demanding twists and turns. The suspension is plenty comfortable over road imperfections large and small, and we replaced a right rear HICAS arm to keep the drivetrain in compliance. The brakes bite down hard when called upon, and we've wrapped the alloys in fresh Falken rubber to deliver plenty of grip for the road ahead.
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