..whoaa... livin' on a...
Yep, a it's a 1988 M10 Nissan Prairie.
You may know it as a Stanza Wagon; but for me - as it was in Japan - this is a Prairie.
Final year for this M10-chassis, first-generation car too; being introduced back in 1982.
..but its the Prairie in particular that I find most amusing. A Civic Shuttle is cool nowadays, and the Tercel has a definite following; but the Prairie... ooh...
The slab sides, long bonnet, tiny wheels, and glass-houses' combination of high-roof-and-low-beltline..
Get a tall hat.
The Prairie's one main 'trick' though?
As in other markets, Australian cars had the seatbelt in the traditional position (unlike this Japanese door-mounted version), so wile not quite as amazingly open as this... you still definitely would have noticed something's missing..!
Seriously.. God only knows how tragic this would be in a side impact. Although knowing how.. uhh.. sturdy(..?) the Pulsar's from the era were.. I have a fair idea..
I'm thinking an empty tissue-box.
That's been left in the rain.
We've got a simple two-spoke wheel, and a complete gauge set; as well as a split-sliding bench seat, dash-mounted handbrake, and amazing column 4-speed manual only adding to the openness in this beige paradise..
Turning that 4speed manual - whats delivering upwards of 60kw through those front wheels - is a fiery CA18S four. Yep, the same engine that has held back better cars in its time.. it has to have a 'home' somewhere right?
May as well be this.
I cant help but playfully pick on these things.. they just look so damn goofy.
I genuinely almost bought a neat silver one of these 5 or 6 years ago - and I seriously fear the day I see an immaculate original one come onto the market. Its safer not to look.
Luckily then that this Prairie is a little over 8,000km away, currently for sale at a dealer in Japan for a couple hundred thousand yen. While even a few thousand dollars seems like a lot for a Prairie; where would you find one when you want one? A little money for a whole lot of unique!