Lot 756 – 1989 Nissan Pao


1990 Nissan Pao.  This specific little car is one of my favorite Pike cars ever – in fact it makes me very sad to put it up for sale.  With 122,000 kilometers (75,807 miles) this Pao has automatic transmission, full sliding back automatic sunroof, a/c, original factory radio, the original green paint, factory floor mats and rear hatch cover.  Also, this car has the factory upgraded wheels (a cute improvement over the original steel wheels).  The Pao took a lot of inspiration from Citroen with the exposed hinges and corrugated panels.  Also, note the vent windows and the split rear windows (reminiscent of the Citroen 2CV).  You literally cannot go anywhere without people asking you all sorts of questions and commenting on how cute it is.  All Pao’s have the carbureted 987cc Nissan Micra engine, and power steering.  90% of all Pao’s are automatic as the Japanese prefer automatics in their smaller cars.  Only made from 1988-1990 the Pao was made in limited numbers (only 51,657) and the entire production was sold out in three months (from the date of announcement).  The Pao was only made in four colors – Tan, Blue, Rust, and Green (the most popular color).  Often referred to the Pike Factory Safari Wagon due to it’s dimensions.  Reserve is set at $7500.


The Nissan Pao is a retro-styled three-door hatchback manufactured by Nissan for model years 1989-1991, and originally marketed solely in Japan at their Nissan Cherry Stores.

First announced at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 1987, the Pao was available with or without a textile sun roof and was originally marketed without Nissan branding, by reservation only from January 15 through April 14, 1989. Orders were delivered on a first come-first served basis, with the production run of 51,657 selling out in 3 months.

Because of its origins at Pike Factory, Nissan’s special project group, the Pao — along with the Nissan Figaro, Be-1 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.”[