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Lot 072: Nissan Stagea RS4V

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

Often referred to as the Skyline estate, the Stagea RS4V was Nissan's answer to the Subaru Legacy  a four-wheel drive rocketship with room for the whole family, the dog and the kitchen sink. Sharing the same basic chassis as the awesome Skyline, it also used a lighter version of the Skyline R33 GTR 4wd system and much the same running gear as an R33 GTS-T. So parts availability is plentiful and so are tuning options. The turbocharged DOHC engine is the same bombproof 2.5-litre straight six as found in the Skyline, but detuned slightly to 231bhp to avoid overstressing the automatic transmission. It can still bolt to 60mph in less than 7 seconds with ride and handling to match. The interior is very plush with all the gadgets you could reasonably need including air conditioning and electric windows as standard. Best of all is the huge load area which is truly cavernous if you fold down the rear seats. Dating from December 1996, this particular Stagea was imported from Japan and UK registered in December 2008. It had a speedo converter fitted at 79,957km (49,662 miles) since when 14,000 miles have been added, giving a total mileage of just under 64,000. At around the same mileage as the speedo conversion, the car was thoroughly serviced by Skyline specialists Serious Performance Autos of Eastbourne, Sussex, which included new cam belts and tensioners and a re-gas of the air conditioning system. The car is fitted with the optional extra of twin electric sunroofs (for both front and rear seat passengers) and also has a Pioneer NavGate full screen satellite navigation system fitted. Said to drive beautifully with silky smooth changes from the 4-speed automatic transmission, it has an MOT until February 2013. This rare and unassuming estate is a real wolf in sheep's clothing and has the added bonus that you are unlikely ever to see another one coming the other way!

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number072
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£1250
Year1996
Condition rating
Registration numberP572 GHC
Mileage-
Chassis numberWGNC34-007798
Engine numberRB25
Engine capacity (cc)2499
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors