1990 Nissan Safari Panel Truck

Sold: $14,495

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Stock Number: 4708

The Japanese have a particularly distinct automotive culture; inclusive in its nature, nothing is too wild or unique for their market. It's only been within the past few years that we've had a chance to sample this all first hand. Trucks like this 1990 Nissan Safari two-door are loved by those who actually value a capable, reliable, and properly tough truck. While relatively small by physical dimensions, don't confuse this with all the CRV like vehicles masquerading as SUVs that plague our roads these days. Finished in a Champaign Pearl/ Silver two-tone (3J8) this manual transmission diesel beast is offered with a mere 115K verified miles. The body is in good shape other than some minor chips and scuffs, and its rear panel conversion gives this car a real Paris-Dakar aesthetic. Freshly serviced and legally imported, this one-off five-seater SUV is a rare bird and a verified Japanese Classic. 

The cabin is simple, clean, and features decent ergonomics. Nissan's approach to the cabin is more spartan and utilitarian than most, but this Safari did come with some standard power equipment. Items like the power locks and windows work as they should, and the steering wheel has a tilt adjustment to accommodate drivers of all sizes. The dash is in good shape lacking any cracks or distortion and even sports an off-road cluster that includes an Altimeter and Clinometer. A massive center console aids storage in addition to the glove box. The gray seats are in good shape and the upholstery is soft to the touch. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and have held up impressively well over the years. OEM audio works as it should, and this truck does include A/C. The rear seats fold forward and reveal a massive cargo area. The split barn doors also open wide to load up large cargo a bit easier. The door cards are in good shape as is the headliner, but the interior isn't perfect. The carpets do have some light staining, but then again this in a 30-year-old truck. 

The mechanicals are simple, which is a refreshing change to these rolling computers on wheels that have become modern SUVs. The long hood houses a smooth running TD42 diesel engine that fires up quickly and runs well. Two new 12V batteries aid ignition and should last for another four years. With a few extra cylinders and added displacement compared to the Pajero, this driveline is more comparable to that of a Toyota but at a fraction of the price. Fresh off an oil service the 4169cc mill needn't be serviced for another 3,000 miles. Mated to a five-speed manual, power is sent to two or all four wheels through a selective transfer case. The gearbox shifts properly and lacks any hitches or grinds. The 4WD system also has a low gearing function for when the going gets tough or the weather doesn't comply. The brakes feel confident and the suspension can handle off-road duty or Overlanding just fine if your plan would be to daily driving this rig. The six-spoke alloys are wrapped in new all-terrain rubber at all four corners. The oversized tires give off a more rugged look and provide plenty of grip on less than ideal surfaces. 

This unique hauler would be such a neat truck to own. Its utilitarian nature and beefy drivetrain make it a killer candidate for an off-road toy and it could also be used for Costco runs. For those who want a turn-key, manual SUV, then look no further than this Safari!

*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.

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