Classic Motorsports Car Catcher: Ever Seen a Nissan Figaro?

Today we’re looking at something a little more modern and a little more unusual for a U.S.-based buyer. This 1991 Nissan Figaro is offered by Duncan Imports for $10,999. It may be relatively new, but it bears unmistakably classic lines. It’s a rare bird, too. The Figaro was only produced during the 1991 model year, and was only available in Japan. Leave it to Duncan Imports (the largest right-hand drive importer in the U.S.) to provide such an interesting classified.

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LanEvo
LanEvo Reader
6/26/17 8:40 a.m.

I lived in Japan from '89 to '91 and saw tons of Figaros on the road back then. Cool-looking cars.

I don't know how they are to drive, but I've always assumed they were built on the Micra chassis ... so they should be pretty good.

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
6/26/17 11:06 a.m.

I've always wanted to see one of these in person. What sort of volumes were they produced in?

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
6/27/17 2:53 p.m.

Duncan Imports has tons of right-hand drive cars and trucks---- it's a really cool website / showroom if you are into JDM machinery. They also have a bunch of incredibly low-mileage American and European cars. It's a very fun place to visit, virtually, or in person!

Duncan Imports

moxnix
moxnix HalfDork
6/27/17 3:07 p.m.

They have a lot of Figaro's there. I was there a few weeks ago because my wife wanted to test drive a Cappuccino and we just wandered around staring at cars for a couple of hours while we were there.

I highly recommend a visit if you are within driving distance.

wspohn
wspohn HalfDork
7/5/17 12:00 p.m.

We have a bunch in BC (we could import earlier than the US allows) Two on craigslist right now.

Also a Daihatsu Mira Gino! (Someone copied the Mini desig, big surprise)

bmw88rider
bmw88rider SuperDork
7/7/17 9:23 p.m.

I actually saw one outside of an REI in Denver. Caught me a little bit by surprise. My wife liked it though.

DeadSkunk
DeadSkunk UberDork
7/9/17 6:58 a.m.

There was one running as a support vehicle in the Great Race. I saw it in Ypsilanti, Mi.

Kramer
Kramer Dork
7/9/17 8:18 a.m.

Saw one in Indianapolis a few weeks ago. Kristi Lee, the lady on the Bob and Tom radio show, owns it.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/10/17 7:54 a.m.

By the way, our friends at the Lane Motor Museum have several of these retro Nissans in their collection.

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
7/12/17 1:18 p.m.

I've seen two driving around LA and have talked to the owners at shows. They actually went through the process of having the cars smog-certified here. My wife loves them.

wannacruise
wannacruise New Reader
7/15/17 8:03 p.m.

What a coincidence or there are more of these than we suspect. Of all places there was one here in Central Pa just yesterday. It was at a local collector car auction that I attended yesterday. It went across the block at $10,500, has 65k miles and was green. Or maybe that little green thing is getting around. :) Cute little bugger. Much room inside, transverse engine if I remember right, and no tunnel in interior. It looked roomier than the Mini.

ultraclyde
ultraclyde PowerDork
7/15/17 8:19 p.m.

There are a couple around Macon on used car lots. Pretty cool.

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