I feel sorry for the Nissan Pao. When people talk about retro Japanese cars, it's always the Nissan Figaro that gets a mention. But the Pao, also made by Nissan and designed by Shoji Takahashi, has much to offer too.
Despite talking about it as far back as 2006, we haven't really featured the Nissan Pao much on the site. Until now that is, as one has just come up on eBay.
The Pao is generally referred to as a 'retro wagon', a fairly roomy vehicle that was launched in Japan around the same time as the equally retro Nissan Figaro. However, unlike the Figaro, not many of these have been imported to the UK, so they are far less common.
Ok, this has come about because of a train of thought. Back in 2006, we did a piece on Nissan's retro car range, something I was reminded of when I spotted the bizarre Nissan S-Cargo on eBay. But this isn't flagging that vehicle up, it's flagging up the altogether more common, but equally eye-catching Nissan Figaro.
We're flagging up one example on eBay, but right now there are between 70 and 80 examples of the limited edition retro-styled sports car on eBay – so if you're reading this post a bit late, keep checking as they are always plentiful and in all the colours. Something to suit all budgets if you like.
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