From the Toyota Car Club Victoria 'Classic Japan' show at the start of the month..
..what I'd thought this was the last of the Pike Factory cars I'd yet to cover, but it seems I've still properly skipped the Figaro? Either way, the four Nissan 'Pike Factory' cars are briefly covered in the Nissan Pao blogpost I did late last year..
This one? The 1989- G20 Nissan S-Cargo.
A B11 Nissan Sunny based commercial vehicle with snail-themed retro styling. Yes, that was a thing. The name 'S-Cargo' being a portmanteau of 'Small Cargo', while also a clever double-entendre of 'escargot' - the French word for snail. Like a clunky backronym (where the expanded wording is shamelessly based around a memorable acronym), I'm seriously thinking this is a small cargo van that looks like a snail because of the name. It's just too damn convenient!
Anyway, Nissan's Pike Factory pumped out 8000 of these things over a two year run (according to their heritage collection page here), and as far as I'm concerned, 7999 of these then came to Australia to be used for dry-cleaner and restaurant delivery vans.
A quirky, inexpensive-yet-memorable delivery van for many odd businesses. I have absolutely no idea where they all went...
...this one though?! This one survived!
Not perfect, but showing its age nicely.. and most importantly for me (for this post here, now..) largely untouched. Just a solid example of Le Nissan-Small-Cargo.
The option of a variable wheelbase that glides along the ground on mucus wasn't popular...
...and if I'm wrong then it's bloody close regardless. Strange enough for those distortion-free reflections to be hard to un-see!
PRODUCED BY PIKE FACTORY
..and that's a full loop. We're done!
I wish there were more of these things still getting about, but ah well.. that's time for you.
Chuffed to have had the opportunity to look over this one in person anyway - seriously a highlight for me from the show this year!