Automotive Face Tattoo: 1988 Nissan Be-1

Another day, another Nissan Pike car (Pao, S-Cargo, Figaro, Be-1, K10-Micra). These things were never officially imported into the USofA, but I think they are as common as Corollas on craigslist. Or maybe…the 100 or so that have been imported are ALWAYS for sale because owning one is not as much fun as buying one. This could be the automotive equivalent of a face tattoo. Great idea in concept, expensive and painful to acquire, and once you have it, kids point and staring at you. At least this one has a manual gearbox, which is maybe saying that it is a nice looking face tattoo. Find this 1988 Nissan Be-1 offered for $9,500 in Jacksonville, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller;

1988 Nissan BE-1
condition: excellent
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 26500
paint color: red
size: sub-compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: hatchback
This Be-1 would truly make a wonderful addition to any collection. This vehicle has no repair history and it shows nicely. Body lines are perfect and only slight imperfections on the paint that can be expected from a vehicle over 25 years old.

Odometer shows just 42,850 kms (26k miles). All service is up to date. Tires are new.

The Nissan Be-1 is a retro-styled three-door hatchback manufactured by Nissan for model years 1987-1988, and originally marketed solely in Japan at their Nissan Cherry Stores.

Designed to be a fashionable city car, the Be-1 was originally marketed without Nissan branding, by reservation only and solely in Japan.

Because of its origins at Pike Factory, Nissan’s special project group, the Be-1 — along with the Nissan Figaro, Pao and S-Cargo — are known as Nissan’s “Pike cars.”

In 2011, noted design critic Phil Patton, writing for the New York Times, called the Pike cars “the height of postmodernism” and “unabashedly retro, promiscuously combining elements of the Citroën 2CV, Renault 4, Mini [and] Fiat 500.”

See a better way to be one of the cool kids?