Saturday, June 15, 2019

Detective Pikachu: 1987 Nissan Be-1

In the late 1980s Nissan released a series of retro-styled vehicles into the Japanese market built on what is known in common parlance as the Pike platform.  The funky retro-designs were penned by a guy named Naoki Sakai who was noted for bringing retro styling to Olympus brand cameras.  The limited production retro-minis included Be-1, K10-Micra, Pao, Figaro and snail styled S-Cargo.  Regrettably, Nissan did not export any of these little oddballs into the USA, but you can find examples that have migrated here over the years.  Find this 1987 Nissan Be-1 offered for $8500 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:
1987 Nissan Be-1 
VIN: BK10005850 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 72000 
title status: clean 
transmission: automatic 
I am selling my 1987 Nissan Be-1 which was imported to the US from Japan and is finished Pumpkin Yellow over a tan interior. The car now shows just over 116k kilometers (~72k miles) and is equipped with a 987cc inline-four paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission. 

Features include a JVC CD/Cassette stereo and 12″ Minilite-style wheels. 

The little car comes with a tool kit and a transferable Vermont registration.

The body is finished in Pumpkin Yellow, one of four colors offered for the Be-1. The Be-1 is based on the K10 Nissan Micra chassis and was one of Nissan’s retro-styled Pike-series cars with 10,000 units produced in 1987 and 1988. 

Spares are easy to get online.

The car has 12″ Minilite-style wheels with newish Bridgestone Sneaker tires sized 165/70 x 12. 

The interior features tan-colored seats with plastic headrests, grey carpets, and body-colored lower door panels. A JVC head unit is fitted. The air conditioning system holds charge and cools, but is not at maximum strength.

The car is located in Belmont Shore, Long Beach. Please call or text show contact info to arrange a viewing.

Asking price is $7500 - absolutely will be the only one of these at your local cars and coffee!

I may be interested in a partial trade, perhaps for a Subaru, Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, other interesting vehicles considered, including JDM, British cars, imports, etc. Let me know what you have!

 See a better way to drive yellow?


  1. Color looks more Mus-Turd then Peter Pumkin Head !

    1. The color's pretty close to the inside of a kabocha pumpkin, which is the most popular sort they have in Japan:

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  2. With those mustache bumperettes I would say it looks more like Cantinflas.

  3. @ Hugh. Cantinflas. references like this are some of the joys of reading auto blogs. you never know the sort of trivia you will stumble across. had to go to wikipedia for this one. thanks.

  4. Hmmmm....take unwanted useless lil under powered slush box with steering on the wrong side to California and sell to demented local wanting to waste BMW money on something so he or she can kneel out in the crowd. Not.

  5. Price reduced! So tempted... unfortunately I'm saving for a big trip with my father.


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