1993 Nissan Safari Kingsroad
Available for: $16,995
Stock Number: 4638
Names can be quite telling, but Nissan gifting this fine SUV the "Safari" nameplate was fitting. The styling looks poached, for lack of a better term, from the lumbering 4x4s dotting the Serengeti on holiday. This body of this 1993 rig is in good shape, other than some light dings, scratches, and chips associated with normal use. The high-roof, AIBA Works brush guard, and angular fenders allude to the fact this capable 4x4 is ready and willing to transport you anywhere. Boasting a mere 144K verified miles, this spacious Japanese Classic is fully documented and includes a heavy slate of recent maintenance items that make for a turn-key ownership experience.
The interior is noticeably larger than most JDM SUVs and this one is well equipped. While not as popular back in Japan, this Safari has gray leather upholstery. Compared to cloth, it gives a more upmarket feel and is easy to clean. The seating surfaces do have some light wear but are lack any major rips, holes, or tears. The dash is also in good shape and lacks any cracks or distortion. An automatic climate system is standard, and the A/C currently blows cold for the remaining warm weather we have left in this year. A Sony headunit replaces the factory one and works as it should, piping tunes around the cabin. A massive sunroof sits atop the roof; behind the driver and passenger. It works currently but we advise being careful as the cabling does make some interesting noises at times. Still, when open it exposes a massive view of the skies above and provides additional ventilation. Rear privacy tint works to keep interior temps down and has kept the harmful rays of the sun off the leather and carpets. Power windows, locks, and mirrors are also standard and functioning. The headliner, door cards, and carpet are in fine shape, as the owner's manuals and spare key are still sitting in the glovebox. The cargo area carpet is still in place and the hinged, rear barn doors open wide incase you are lifting large cargo into the rear.
Body-on-Frame SUVs and trucks are getting harder and harder to find here in the US on new car lots. Consumer demand for soft-roader, with car-based platforms, may ride better however they don't last as long and are far less robust. This old-school construction is sought after by enthusiasts and underpins this Safari. The engine powering this hauler is a silky smooth 4.2L inline-six and relies on old fashion gasoline for those concerned about finding filling stations. The engine turns over with a quick twist of the key and sends power through an automatic transmission with ease. The gearbox shifts as it should and sends power to all four wheels and a selective transfer case provides a low gear set. The suspension rides well for a truck, and the long-wheelbase is great at evenly distributing road imperfections and gives more stability than smaller utes. The brakes feel confident and the power steering is light enough not to tax you if you plan to daily drive. The alloy wheels are wrapped in new Falken all-terrain rubber at all four corners, and we have replaced the spare to match!
*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.