1990 Nissan Pao Cabriolet


This 1990 Nissan Pao is a quirky, fun, and efficient little hatchback that turns heads wherever you go. While the styling screams 1960's, the underpinnings of this platform are modern, which is important when considering service costs and reliability. This particular example is among the most desirable, and as Pao purists will tell you the combination of the OE foglight bar, power-retractable soft top, and Panasonic radio are a big deal. The factory (DJ0) Olive Gray shows well in person, and the body lacks any major imperfections besides some minor dings and chips associated with normal use. Fresh off a recent service, this legally imported and fully documented Nissan is offered with a mere 72k verified miles on the chassis. For those who want a ride high on style, that doesn't break the bank, this affordable beachcomber could be the ticket!

The interior retains its stock, super retro vibe, and features a neutral color pallet. The dash is actually painted metal and has a lower parcel tray if you need additional storage beyond the glovebox and seatback pockets. The controls are simple and intuitive, and everything is at hand. The rare and desirable OEM Panasonic radio works as it should and looks like a unit that was produced during the Kennedy administration instead of 1990.  It's just another example of the little touches that make this car so fun. Much like the turn signal indicators that are mounted onto the dashboard instead of integrated into the cluster. The taupe cloth is in good nick, and soft to the touch. Lacking any major rips, stains, or tears. The seats are comfortable on long trips and can hold up to abuse fairly well. While the interior is a bit sparse, you still have all of the key elements to make it a comfortable ride. Heat and air are controlled by convenient slide controls right next to the simple black steering wheel. Below them is the first partnership with Panasonic to make a super retro radio that even has a selection for top open or closed volume selection. With its split-folding rear hatch, you can easily access luggage or groceries in the back, and for the times you need some extra storage the rear seat folds-down doubling your cargo capacity.

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 turns over with the twist of a key thanks to a brand new 12v battery. Paired with a 3-speed automatic, the little two-door is a blast to drive around town, even if it is just running errands. The transmission happily upshifts and downshifts smoothly, albeit with little urgency. It can get up to, and cruise at US highways speeds, unlike some kei offerings that have issues in that regard. The suspension is well built for soaking up bumps, ensuring a pleasant afternoon cruise if you choose to take one. The power steering is easy to articulate and light, so city parking is a snap. The brakes are quick to slow this little drop top down to manageable speeds, and the pedal feel is direct. Since we got our hands on it we've put a new set of tires and performed an oil and filter service to make sure it's up to the task of handling daily driving year-round.

The Pao turns heads everywhere it goes, and for good reason. 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 car this cool can you blame them?

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