1992 Nissan Sunny
The Nissan Sunny truck remains relatively unknown here in North America, but in Japan had an immensely popular production run lasting 37 years! These trucks are known for their utility, reliability, and practicality, but since the end of production in 2008 have become a popular truck for enthusiasts to modify. They also make for fun weekend cruisers and as unique show trucks. This 1992 57k verified and documented mile example is just such a truck, and has a new lease on life with a recently refinished exterior and interior! The exterior is finished in a one-off Vintage Racing Green, and oozes 70's style with the perfect amount of gold metallic in the paint to really make it pop in the sun. The exterior is in beautiful shape with minimal chips and scuffs to note. Additionally, the shaved bed hooks, gold leaf logos on the tailgate and glove box, OEM rain guards, Yoshimura muffler, and aftermarket wheels complete the cool, old-school aesthetic.
The cabin is sparse but comfortable, and keeping things simple helped build the reputation of being such a reliable truck. The aftermarket bucket seats are in great condition and add to the vintage feel. The dash and door cards are in great condition showing no major damage from use over the years. Roll-up windows, manual locks, and a fixed steering column ensure there are no pesky electronics to go wrong. Interestingly the Sunny truck never came with carpet from the factory, just a large vinyl mat that covered the floor. This one has had an aftermarket carpet installed and the carpet is in great shape. Although not perfectly installed it is nice to have a bit more sound deadening in the cabin, and it certainly enhances the look. An aftermarket steering wheel rounds out the interior upgrades, and the smaller diameter helps taller people not feel cramped in the small cabin. The interior has been sprayed the same color as the exterior, and ties together nicely.
Powering the little truck is a 1.2L A12 four-cylinder engine paired with a manual 4-speed gearbox. The roughly 70hp engine is suited perfectly fine for cruising around town in style, but combined with its 4-speed gearbox isn't a great candidate for highway use here in the US. That being said, it fires to life quickly with the assistance of a new 12v battery we installed here at our facility. A new engine air filter, and a fresh oil and filter change have been performed which keep the Sunny up to date on maintenance. Our trained technicians also installed a brand new clutch and pressure plate, and shifts are smooth with no grinds. Additionally, the shifter has also been refreshed with new bushings. We did want to note that the reverse gear does have a syncro noise, however, it is only in reverse. Steering is improved with new idler arm bushings and the 1992 model came with front disc brakes, which have no issue slowing the truck down when called upon. The aftermarket wheels are mismatched as the fronts are Watanabe's while the rears are Enkei's, although they do look similar. The tires on all four are brand new and will provide tens of thousands of miles of premium grip to come. The suspension has been lowered with aftermarket springs and the ride is a bit stiff. This fun-to-drive truck gets looks everywhere is goes, and you'll quickly fall in love with this quirky Japanese Classic!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.