July 24, 2013

Nissan Van Avoided The Crusher, Ends Up On Craigslist


In the thick of minivan-mania, Nissan brought its most Darth Vaderish offering, the 2nd generation Vanette to the US, and outfitted it with food warmers, fridges and icemakers and such. Because that's how we rolled in 1987, living in our cars. Or our vans. They called it the Nissan Van.

Anyway, the big 2.4L engine shoehorned into the Van was a disaster, and kept overheating, so in 1994 Nissan bought back every van it could--over 30,000 sold between 1987 and 1991--and sent them all to the crusher.

Somehow this one escaped, and not only does it have a 5-speed [!], its original paint, and the icemaker, it has been refitted with a Japan-spec version of the 2.0-liter turbo from the 180SX [sold in the US as the 240SX].

So the guys in those Voyagers and Odysseys you will blow by will literally will not know what hit'em.

1987 Nissan Van with SR20DET - $6500 [losangeles.craigslist.org via bringatrailer, where the comments are, as always, pure gold]

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