Monday, August 20, 2018

Right in the Kisser: 1989 Nissan Pao

Whenever I find a Nissan Pike car (Pao, S-Cargo, Figaro, Be-1, K10-Micra) I find myself inexplicably writing about the car.  They aren't particularly fast, fun to drive, or that easy to go through drive-thrus in the USA...but there is something superbly cool about the little retro-styled JDM classics that is irresistible to my pen...errr..keyboard. Maybe if I owned one, I wouldn't write about them so often. Find this 1989 Nissan Pao here on eBay bidding for $4,150 reserve-not-met or $7,500 buy-it-now, located in Orlando, FL.

From the seller:

The Pao is one of Nissan"s famous "Pike Car" models produced only for the Japanese market. This is the rarest of the editions with a Pike Factory five speed manual transmission (only 15% of Paos produced were manuals). This limited-production vehicle was marketed only in Japan and only by reservation; it sold out after just three months of pre-orders. 

This car was legally imported from Japan and it's very rare to find one of this quality in the United States. It features a 1.0L eight-valve, four-cylinder engine and rare five-speed manual transmission (PK10GF), practical split folding tailgate design, power steering, power front disc brakes, factory A/C and excellent gas mileage.  VIN: PK10002512

All this makes the 1989 Nissan Pao a practical fun commuter and an absolute head turner! Right hand drive, Florida title, daily driver, great condition!

This awesome little ride features the original cloth interior, factory stereo with tape deck, and Japanese inspection stickers on the windshield.  The power ragtop is fully functional and has only one small tear on the corner (it does not leak at all, even during Florida afternoon monsoons). Factory AC works but sometimes needs a recharge. The split tailgate works well but the pneumatic lifters slowly compress and could be replaced. The tires are in excellent condition. The brakes have plenty of pad and stop on a dime. Once in a while the starter motor won't catch on the first try, but this has never been an issue. It's been garage-kept since we've owned it. Only 124k kilometers (77k miles) on the odometer.

We've taken this car to many local events and car shows, and it's a crowd favorite every time.  We'll be sad to see this unique and fun little car go, but whoever wins the auction will thoroughly enjoy her. 
Item specifics
Condition: Used
Seller Notes: “Great condition daily driver. Paint is 8/10, super bright, looks great. Cloth seats are clean, original and look great for their age; interior is overall 9/10. Has original stereo with cassette deck. Solid car, 99.9% rust free. Truly outstanding condition.”
Year: 1989 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 00000000000000000
Mileage: 77,200 Transmission: Five-speed Manual
Make: Other Makes Body Type: Coupe
Trim: Nissan Pao Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Engine: 1.0L Inline 4 Vehicle Title: Clear
Drive Type: RWD Options: Cassette Player, Sunroof
Power Options: Air Conditioning Sub Model: Nissan Pao
Fuel Type: Gasoline Exterior Color: Aqua Gray
For Sale By: Private Seller Interior Color: Ivory
Drive Side: Right-hand drive Number of Cylinders: 4

See a better car for a Pao'r trip?


  1. I do like these every time I see them - a perfect around town car.

  2. The majority of these you see in the 'states are autos. Nice price for one with the correct gearbox.


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