1989 Nissan Pao
The PAO is without a doubt one of the most unique cars to come out of Nissan this decade. With it's 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 Aqua Gray (FJ0) paint turns heads everywhere it goes. The color is extremely unique, which pairs perfectly with it's one of a kind styling. The paint shows exceptionally well for it's age, free of any notable blemishes or clearcoat issues. The wildly angular body lines have been kept just as clean as the paint, however with only 65K verified miles it doesn't come as a huge shock. 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, down to the tubular bumpers. This car gets attention every where it goes, so be prepared to answer questions every time you stop.
The retro styling carries through to the interior finished in a neutral beige checked cloth trimmed in vinyl. The seats are in good condition with little signs of wear. The seats do have a little bit of discoloration but are void of any notable rips or stains. 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. The only aftermarket change to the vehicle comes by way of radio. The newer headunit is currently not hooked up, however does make for installing a newer US friendly one much easier. Currently the A/C is inoperable but conveniently the side windows are split in half to allow the bottom to pop out as an additional vent along with the standard roll down door windows. The other really clever feature is the rear split folding hatch. You can pop the top glass for quick access for tossing in groceries or a gym bag, or you can lower the rear tailgate and fold down the rear seats for bigger items.
Power comes from the, equally cute, 1 liter MA10S. After all, this was built to be a fun little run about, not a track terror. The engine starts quickly and quietly idles along. The 3 speed automatic makes it a perfect car to run around town in. The transmission happily pops into gear and goes through the gears with ease. The suspension is well built for soaking up bumps, ensuring a pleasant afternoon cruise. Since landing here a few key maintenance items have been brought back up to par. Four fresh tires, a control arm bushing, and a routine oil change has it ready to rock out. 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 stop light, 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.