1989 Nissan Pao Cabriolet
Stock Number: 4605
Just driving a Nissan Pao brightens up your day! The retro-themed interior and exterior styling were underpinned by modern mechanicals shared with several other of Nissan's "Pike" factory small cars. Finished in Ivory (EJ1), this 1989 convertible is available with a mere 71K verified miles. It is in good shape other than some minor dings and scuffs associated with normal use. Offering a buttery smooth ride, power-retractable Bordeaux-colored soft top, and a slate of recent maintenance items this turn-key Japanese classic would make a great beachcomber, weekend ride, or daily driver.
The charming interior is clean and spacious. The headroom is incredible, and four occupants can comfortably ride in this hatchback with room for some cargo as well. The most distinctive interior feature is the custom leather seat covers. An expensive item in Japan; they look great and protect the upholstery underneath. The dash is color-matched to the exterior and is in good nick. The black carpet adds some contrast to the cabin, and like the door cards and headliner, are in fine shape. Even the matching carpet mats are included in the sale and should protect your investment for years to come. Manual windows are one less thing to break, and if more ventilation is required, the massive cloth top peels back to reveal a view of the heavens. If that's not your thing, OEM rain guards decrease interior noise with the windows down and the interior fan does add additional circulation if required. We did want to note that all the A/C components are there, however, the system no longer blows cold. The rear seats do fold down if additional cargo space is required, and for smaller items, there is room in the glovebox, seatbacks, and door panels. The audio system does work for those who want some tunes, and the sound quality isn't half bad!
The bones of the Pao were shared with its platform mates, the Be-1, S-Cargo, and Figaro. This reduces parts costs and makes ownership much easier compared to less mass-produced models. Under the hood is Nissan MA10S four-cylinder. While it doesn't churn out power like a small block Chevy, the relatively light curb weight allows for adequate acceleration, and the automatic transmission is geared for city and highway use. The 987cc mill benefits from a fresh oil and filter service and starts up with a twist of the key. The engine idles smoothly and when prompted sends all 52hp to the front wheels. The engine sits atop the drive wheels so these can be driven in less than ideal road conditions without having to worry about the car getting away from you. The handling, admittedly, feels like a couch on wheels but in order to keep it all on track one of our technicians has replaced the outer axle boots on both sides of the Pao. The little car is easy to pilot and park with its light power-assisted steering and relatively small exterior dimensions. As a final item, we have mounted a set of four brand new all-season tires at all corners to ensure maximum traction on wet or dry pavement for miles to come.
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