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Nissan Figaro (1991 - 1991)

Last updated 10 May 2015

 
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Cute retro-looks, an easy-going drive and a certain amount of exclusivity
Slow and not at all sporty to drive. Pricey, not very roomy and now starting to rust

Introduction

The Nissan Figaro was built to cash in on the classic car boom in Japan during the 1990s. The Be-1 and S-Cargo had been the first to emerge from the Pike Factory, and were interesting, but it’s the Figaro that is the best known in the UK.

'Back to the Future', exclaimed Nissan at the launch of the Figaro concept at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show. The Nissan Micra K10-based car was styled with a deliberate nod to the company's classic cars, such as the Fairlady, and was available in four colours were: Topaz Mist, Emerald Green, Pale Aqua and Lapis Grey. It proved so popular that it went into production two years later.

The Figaro was luxuriously equipped, with leather seats, air conditioning, CD player and an opening fabric roof. 12,000 were eventually built, and prospective buyers had to enter a lottery to be able to buy one of these cars. It’s been particularly popular with city dwellers, who appreciate its ease of driving. Most are fitted with automatic transmission. If you’re looking for a classic without the tears, a Figaro could be what you need. A popular classic car today, with hundreds now grey imported to the UK.

Nissan Figaro Green Side

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