I doubt that any of you have ever heard of a Nissan Stagea, I don’t blame you. Neither had I until about 6 months ago. In that 6 months I have ended up in a giddy joyful state which has caused me to purchase one of these great little automobiles.
Now, what the hell is it? Simply, its the estate (wagon) version of the Skyline, specifically the R33 and R34 versions. Technically it is slightly more than that but we’ll stick with that description.
So, why did I buy one?
- Wagons are cool
- JDM cars are cool
- Fast wagons are super cool
- RB engines are great
- Manual estates (wagons) are cool
- Manual, fast, JDM, estate (wagons), with RB engines are really damn cool.
How rare is this double unicorn I hear you cry? 4,015 manuals were ever made. Most of those are wrapped around trees in Japan. Why Japan specifically? They were only ever sold in Japan as far as I can tell. That being said there is a wealth of English knowledge or literature available, unfortunately it’s all in Australia and New Zealand where these cars have quite a cult following.
Now onto the good picture, the pictures. Currently these are the pictures of it at the port prior to shipping (as I type this the boat is on it’s way to Japan to pick the car up, scheduled arrival in the UK is the end of April, at that point more (higher quality) pictures will be available.
The plan, as it stands right now I want to keep it relatively stock for at least the first few months. When it arrives it will get under sealed (not by me thankfully) and will be given a full once over to check for any mechanical weirdness. The only thing I want to do right now is swap the head unit to an Android Auto unit and look into fitting more powerful breaks to it as the stock breaks can leave a little to be desired even for normal use.