1992 Nissan Figaro (RHD)
- A small and perfectly formed retro car
- 49,000 miles
- Finished in Lapis Grey with white leather interior
- Recently recommissioned
- Modern Classic motoring
- Air conditioned
- Power steering
Debuting at the 28th Tokyo Motor Show in 1989, under the “Back to the Future” theme, the Figaro joined the Austin Mini-like Nissan Pao, the pun-intended S-Cargo van, and the period-styled micro Nissan Be-1. Response was so enthusiastic that Nissan launched Figaro sales in Japan on February 14th 1991. Nissan officials expected demand to outstrip supply. They were right. Figaros were delivered, using a lottery system, in three allotments: an initial 8,000 units, followed by two batches of 6,000 cars later in 1991.
Based on existing Nissan Micra mechanicals, the “retro styling car” was intended to provide “delicate elegance” and “trendy sophistication” with a sense of ‘60s retro styling, “satisfying a zestful desire for a good time.” The name comes from Mozart’s comic opera “The Marriage of Figaro.” Wildly popular in their intended market, they also became quite a commodity on the used-car market, with many Figaros finding their way to the UK, another RHD market. The roofline and folding top of the Figaro mimics some 1950’s Italian cars particularly the Autobianchina Transformabile and the Vespa 400.
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