Friday, September 16, 2016

Hipster's Delight: 1989 Nissan Pao

The term hipster is tossed around as a descriptive or a pejorative -- but when applied to goods, there are a few requirements.  First, the item needs to be strange or unusual -- think Reed's Ginger Brew instead of Coke/Pepsi, and next the item needs to be overpriced, like a $12 IPA.  Therefore, if you were looking for the perfect hipster car, this 1989 Nissan Pao seems to fit the bill, find it on Craigslist offered for $9,400 in Baltimore, MD.  Tip from Torrance.


 The Nissan Pao was part of Nissan's Pike series (Be-1, Pao, Figaro and S-Cargo) and was only available in limited quantities for the Japanese domestic market (JDM, YO!).  Fortunately, many have found their way onto these shores and are traded regularly in the $5-7k range depending on condition...unless you are a hipster and then you might want to pay $9k for one with some funk on the inside.



However, this is one of only a handful of these things that I've seen with a manual gearbox, most seem to have been equipped with the fun-smothering slushbox....so maybe this isn't as overpriced as I thought.


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5 comments:

  1. My Pao story was published by the lovable boffins at The Truth About Cars a couple weeks ago. It's noteworthy that I noted my disdain, nay loathing for referring to them as 'hipster' cars in that piece.
    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/09/poor-prior-pre-purchase-planning-promotes-pao-problems/

    A p.o.s. used-up PT Cruiser is a hipster car. A p.o.s. Aztek is a hipster car. Grandmother's hand-me-down whatever is hipster car. A Pao - is a Pike Factory product that pre-dates that word's entry into the popular lexicon by twenty years. It's a Pao. Just Pao.

    Sorry. Hipster-anything triggers me. Just the mere mention of IPA gets me upset. Carry on.

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  2. Do hipsters prefer to shift their own gears? I suspect not but hopefully someone can jump in with some insight on this.

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    1. Well, those of us with an older circle of friends know that one variety of Hipsters, the "Hip-replacement-sters" often wind up having to give up shifting their own gears.

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  3. I'm a big car guy, I drive an F-150 and, my wife drives a Caddy and I've own '50's era Buicks and Chevies. But...I used to see a grey/green Pao in the parking structure where I work out and they are drop dead cool/. The car brought a smile to my face every time I saw it. So don't hang the hipster label on this car, call it adorable maybe, but definitely not hipster.

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  4. I'm a big car guy, I drive an F-150 and, my wife drives a Caddy and I've own '50's era Buicks and Chevies. But...I used to see a grey/green Pao in the parking structure where I work out and they are drop dead cool/. The car brought a smile to my face every time I saw it. So don't hang the hipster label on this car, call it adorable maybe, but definitely not hipster.

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