20k: Retro Cute: 1991 Nissan Figaro

 In the late 1980s Nissan launched a series of retro-styled cars was called the Pike series and sold them in Japan at a dealership network called the Nissan Cherry Store.   Everything in the Pike series (Be-1, Pao, Figaro and S-Cargo) looks like something that would be perfect next to a pink Hello Kitty purse or a stuffed Domo-kun…which is what I imagine a Nissan Cherry Store to be stocked with…anyway, find this 1991 Nissan Figaro for $18,000 in Napa County, CA via craigslist.  Hot tip from Kaibeezy.

The Nissan Figaro is based on the K10 Nissan Micra also known as the March.  A limited number of 20,000 of the retro styled city car were built in the 1991 model year only for Japanese market – with sales being so contested that a lottery was created to give folks a chance to buy one.

Under the hood is a 1.0 liter turbocharged inline-4 rated at 75 horsepower and 76 ft-lbs of torque.  Power is put to the front wheels via a 3-speed automatic transmission.

The inside continues the retro theme with classic looking gauges, white steering wheel and toggle switches.  Perhaps the vintage vibe can add enough fun to overpower the drudgery of a 3-speed slushbox mated to the front wheels.

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