1989 Nissan Pao Custom
Stock Number: 4274
The PAO is without a doubt one of the most unique cars to come out of Nissan this decade. With its super retro styling, it screams 1960's beach cruiser, yet with the functionality of a new car. With a limited production run of only 3 years, the entire first come first serve allotment was filled within 3 months. Finished in it's most trademark color, the Olive Gray (DJ0) paint turns heads everywhere it goes. The color is extremely unique, which pairs perfectly with it's one of a kind styling. Admittedly the color doesn't show as well in photos as it does in person, the color really is a deeper olive green hue than the more common Aqua Gray ones that we've had in the past. The paint shows well for its age, however, it does have some fading along the top edges of the door and side panels. There's no clearcoat peel, simply some fading so it isn't too noticeable until you get up close. The stock bodywork looks great and is largely dent or ding free. The quirky styling has a ton of subtle little details that you notice the more time you spend around it. The exposed outer door hinges, the split-folding vented rear windows, polished headlight covers, down to the tubular bumpers. This car gets attention everywhere it goes, so be prepared to answer questions every time you stop.
The interior retains its stock, super retro vibe but has seen the full leather treatment. Typically fitted with cloth and painted metal, this one has custom caramel leather seat covers front and rear. It's even sporting a matching dash pad and lower tray. The seat covers are in excellent condition and have helped to preserve the stock seats underneath. The retro styling oozes from it's painted metal dash, keeping with the 60's vibe, coupled with a single large multi-function gauge. Even the steering wheel and all of the switches/knobs/cranks scream vintage. One of the more rare options is the OEM radio which is present and functioning as well as it can considering the frequency difference between Japan and the US. It even has a clever little selectable volume switch for when the top is open vs closed. The side windows are split in half to allow the bottom to pop out as an additional vent. For those days that it may be too hot to open things up, the Pao is fitted with full climate control. The A/C blows cold and the thickness of the top helps to insulate the cabin in the colder months.
Power comes from the, equally cute, 1 liter MA10S. After all, this was built to be a fun little runabout, not a track terror. With only 66K verified miles the engine starts quickly and happily hums along. Paired with a 3-speed automatic makes this a blast around town, even if it is just running errands. The suspension is well built for soaking up bumps, ensuring a pleasant afternoon cruise. While this one is a convertible model the roof is only partially functioning. Currently, it only goes back about 75% of the way before a slight binding issue. However, even with the limited opening, it's still larger than your typical sunroof. Since landing here a few key maintenance items have been brought back up to par. Four fresh tires, a new thermostat, and a routine oil change has the Pao ready for its debut. The Pao turns heads everywhere it goes and is assured to make a fuss every time you leave it in a parking lot. There's no doubt that you'll be hard-pressed to come across another one at a stoplight, so be prepared for the questions everyone will have. But honestly with a standout like this, who could blame them?
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.