1989 Vintage Nissan Pao
Available for: $11,995
Stock Number: 4544
Nissan's Pike factory cars were a sight to behold. It was a bit of an experimental run with the Figaro, Be-1, and S-Cargo where Nissan really took a radical design approach. The end result was some of the quirkiest, yet fun cars, to ever roll off the assembly line. The Pao has since become a bit of a cult classic, only having a 3-year production run they were quickly sold out after its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. Our latest offering is one of the top of the line outfitted ones sporting its retractable soft top, original Panasonic radio, A/C, and a 3 speed automatic. While this was their closest option to a traditional convertible it's really more of a large sunroof that gives you a great view above and more than enough fresh air. Partnered with the power front windows and flap-up rears you get plenty of ventilation. The radio even has an "indoor" and "outdoor" setting depending on your window situation. Its design elements take in bits from other beloved models like the Fiat 500, the Citroen 2CV, and the Austin A40 Farina. Finished in a classic Olive Gray (DJ0) you couldn't pick a more retro color choice. The paint shows particularly well for its age turns heads everywhere it goes. Like any 31 year old vehicle, the paint isn't perfect, as there are some scratches along the side view mirrors which seems to be pretty common with these. But for the most part its free of any noteworthy issues aside from some typical stone chips. The incredibly post-modern body is in equally good condition with only a few minor door dings. While the headlights appear to be stock they've actually been stealthily upgraded with HIDs so you won't be left squinting ahead at night.
The retro styling carries through to the interior finished in a neutral sand beige checked cloth trimmed in vinyl. The seats are in great condition with little signs of wear. The wide, flat plane, seats are surprisingly comfortable on longer cruises and the fabric is rather stain resistant. The folding rear seats make the most of your storage space when you need to pile in some additional luggage. And its split-folding rear hatch makes loading and unloading a snap. The retro styling oozes from its color-matched 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 feel vintage. While the interior is a bit sparse everything is nicely laid out and easy to use. This one still has its original floor mats, a small clock added, and even power windows! And while the A/C does function, don't expect it to necessarily freeze you out of the cabin.
Power comes from the, equally cute, 1 liter MA10S. After all, this was built to be a fun little runabout, not a track terror. The engine starts quickly and quietly idles along with ease. The 3 speed automatic makes it a perfect car to run around town in but can still handle the highway. 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. While the gauge cluster reads 52K miles it was not verified prior to leaving. It does, however, have its original books, and based on the service history the mileage appears to be correct. Since landing here a few key maintenance items have been brought back up to par. We did replace the axel boot, a fresh oil change, and a quick recharge of the A/C system. 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 of these out in the wild.
*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.