Saturday, 13 August 2016

POW!

!!

...or maybe it's "Pay-oh".. I don't know. The former is more fun though...


1989 PK10 Nissan Pao. 
The second most commercial-ey of the four late-80's, limited-production, Nissan "Pike" cars; a four-car slice of 1950's Europe, which included...

..1987's BK10 BE-1...

..1989's G20 S-Cargo...

..and the FK10 Figaro, which finally went into production in 1991. It is the last of the four equally-retro cars to come out of Nissan's Pike factory. 

Since production was limited to the point of picking buyers by lottery, there was no doubt more than a few were left disappointed..

...an incredible twenty-five years on though? One of those bitter shoppers may finally be in luck!
Yep.. this absolutely perfect, 2.25million yen example, has yet to hit fifty kilometres. The poor bloody thing has literally never been used!
Bit of a waste, as always.. but it looks to have been in good company. A couple Autozam AZ-1's, a Beat, another Pao... a Kei private-collection or museum perhaps..? 

Oh-so-vintage. These things are a detailing delight....

Sure it's a little basic inside (you'd be hard-pressed finding a simpler seat design than that bench right there!), but aargh.. so stylish...

Bowed headlining and pillar-mounted interior lights: attention to detail...

Split tailgate, and curiously caravan-esque rear windows....

Utilitarian ribbing on the panels, and exterior hinges.. all dressed in a solid 50's pastel blue.. 

12-inch pressed-steel wheels, and 155-wide Bridgestones. This 760kg chunk of style was never meant to move fast...

...and speaking of which; turning that three-speed floor-shift auto visible in the interior shots, is the properly pedestrian MA10 four: a single-cam, 8-valve unit that mustered up ~38kw and 75nm of torque.
MA10 driving the front wheels, and PK10, BK10, FK10 chassis codes..!? Yep - three of these four stylish little Nissans are essentially a dowdy K10 March at heart...
...and I don't think anyone cared in the slightest!



In the word of basic, reliable, city-runabout transportation.. why not have bumper-to-bumper design fun? The Nissan Pike cars: adding a little vintage flavour to traffic-jams since 1987...

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