Photography by Jamie Wertz, Evolutionized Photography, LYD Media, Future Collectors Car Show.
Jamie Wertz had found himself enamoured with JDM sports cars while living in Japan as a military member for six years. "While stationed there I had several Skylines, but stumbled across my first Y32 Nissan Cedric," he says. "It was four doors, boosted, and perfect for the family, so I picked it up." It wasn't long before that Cedric became the favorite of all the cars he owned while out in Japan.
Fast forward 27 years, and Wertz had just gotten his 578 whp SR20DET-powered widebody 240sx back from the shop, but he didn't like the power delivery and wanted to go the LS-swap route. While he was looking around for donor cars to supply an LS, he ended up stumbling onto this 1992 Nissan Gloria Gran Turismo Ultima on Japanese Classics LLC. "It was perfect," he exclaims. "Extremely low miles at only 23k. Very rare Black Leather and was Pearl White just like my old Cedric. I fell in love instantly."
As soon as he knew the car was his, Wertz was already buying parts to install before it came home. After each show he attended, you could find him in the garage installing new mods before the next show came around. A combination high quality and reputable parts, as well as some cool one-off creations, have come together to make Wertz's Gloria truly one of a kind.
Why did you choose this vehicle / platform?
As a previous owner of one while living in Japan. It was my favorite car i owned while living there. No American Version was made making it a very unique car here in the USA. Once I saw it I had to have it!
Do you have any prior build experience? If so, what cars did you build and what happened to them?
Fully built widebody 240sx with a 578WHP SR20DET. This was my last all out full build. just over 3 years in the making. Sold it as soon as my Gloria was Purchased. Bought a C5 Corvette to tinker with as well. Have also owned a 93 Dodge Stealth RT TT, 86 Toyota Soarer Z20 RHD and many many many DSM's back in the day. You can see all my builds on my car page https://www.facebook.com/Gostlrs/
What got you into building in the first place?
2013 at HIN at Phoenix. I had just picked up my 240sx with the blown SR. I saw a 240 there at the show that I personally thought looked terrible. Said to myself I can do that. Recently retired from the military and started a job that funded my passion and have been full speed ever since.
What is your favorite aspect of the build?
Rarity... I like getting things that you don't see often. Or with my 240 build. You never see them look clean and fast. I didn't build a drift car, it was show and go.
Were there any major challenges you experienced in the build? How did you overcome them?
Importing parts from Japan, I have a great friend still living there that buys my items off Yahoo Auctions Japan for me and ships them to my door.
What were your original intentions with the build (show, race, audio, etc.)? Did anything change after your research?
Going for the VIP build with a hint of Sports Luxury.
Why did you choose certain brands for your build (feel free to focus on one or two, specifically)?
I am very limited on what I can purchase for my car. So i try to get the best products available or get things custom done so I have 1 Off items and know it won't be duplicated
What influences or inspiration helped you over the course of your build?
I love seeing other cars at shows. I make it a habit to take at least 1 picture of each car there. I'll take multiple ones of cars I really liked or ideas i seen that I could use on mine. Helps me go back and see what I can do. Look at the cars that won and see what is it they did that i didnt so i can improve.
Is there anything personally or about the build (experiences, etc.) that you would like readers to know?
Try to research any car before you start off on a build. Forums are great...but outdated and really not much new information out there. Find the facebook groups that align with your build. Thats where you will find the best help and newest things people are doing to the cars. If buying a RHD car. Especially make sure you can source parts.
Feel free to attach any stats or interesting facts about your build here:
Currently we have 63 Owners of Y32 Chassis. This includes the Cedric/Gloria and the Cima (Gloria's bigger brother) The Y32 is a very forgotten car. Shares the same engine as the Z32 VG30DET so a single turbo vs a twin. Suspension parts can be swapped to a S-chassis front setup or Y33 Q45 parts can bolt on.
Location: Buckeye, AZ
Vehicle: 1992 Nissan Gloria Gran Turismo Ultima
Horsepower: 255 whp
Club: Narcissistic Car Club
ENGINE & PERFORMANCE
- Garrett turbocharger
- Turbo XS RFL BOV
- Front-mount intercooler w/ custom piping
- Z32 oil filter relocation kit w/ cooler
- Custom 3-inch turbo-back exhaust
- Magnaflow muffler
- Transmission cooler
WHEELS / TIRES / BRAKES
- Zauber 3-piece wheels - 18x8.5 +38 (f), 18x9.5 +38 (r)
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION
- Fortune Auto coilovers
- 3M Satin Flip Ghost Pearl Wrap
- Nismo Lights
- Custom Clear Tails
- Automotive Custom Lighting LLC Halo Headlights
- XKGlow Wheel Lights
- VIP Grill and Eye Lids
- Gorilla Spliters
- Momo Retro steering wheel
- Wood trunk flooring
- Junction Product VIP accessories
- Custom VIP tables
- Prosport gauges
AUDIO & MOBILE ELECTRONICS
- Pioneer AVH-500EX DVD head unit
- Infinity REF-6500CX 6.5-inch component sets (4)
- Kicker 43CWRT122 Comp 12-inch subwoofers (2)
- Rockford Fosgate (Prime R500X1D amplifier, R400-4D amplifier)
- 7-inch TV
- Xk Glow
- Kens Polishing
- Prosport Gauges