Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe '78 Cedric is claimed to be the only one in the United States, that's it, no mas. Coincidentally, there's an old song by Harry Nilsson that claims that one is the loneliest number. Will the numbers in this Nissan's price ensure that it's the lonely one?
You know, The Terminator was a kick-ass movie. Terminator 2 was much of the same but with a decent budget, but then after that, well… they went all kinds of down hill. Terminator 3, or T3 to those with ADHD, was about as much fun a cinematic experience as sitting between a pair of lepers who are sharing one tub of popcorn between them. The last one, Terminator- Sal the Haitian was directed by McG, need I say more.
Terminator 3's crappiness didn't seem to rub off on yesterday's movie tie-in 2003 Toyota Tundra however, as it managed to ride the peak of an almost perfect 50/50 split before finally squeaking by with a 53% win by the third reel.
How many people do you know named Cedric? Yeah, I didn't think so, as it just doesn't seem to be all that popular a name these days. In fact, it's even gone out of fashion at Nissan, where for years Cedric was the marque's JDM jumbos. The funny thing is, while the Skyline is Nissan's most well known and venerated larger sedan, that car wasn't originally a Nissan to begin with.
Nissan in fact introduced the Cedric as a competitor to the Prince Skyline six years prior to the two brands' merger and after the hook-up positioned their own car as kind of the dowdy big brother to the now Nissan-branded Skyline.
That doesn't make vintage Cedrics any less interesting, especially since most of us have never seen one in the metal. This 1978 Cadric is claimed to be the only one in town here in the U.S., and that alone makes it all kinds of interesting.
White over beige with doily accouterments, this Cedric made a short appearance on BaT earlier this month, and you can see what they had to say about it there. We've got more pictures than they had, and if you've got a little time on your hands - and after all it's Friday so who doesn't? - here's a six and a half minutes of walk around Cedricporn of the car too.
Do you need to go change your undies after that? No, I didn't think so. Still, that's a pretty cool car embellishing pretty much everything that was great about Japanese cars in the '70s, including fender mirrors, ornate badging and exaggerated styling tropes - Coke anyone?
This being a '78 it's powered by an L20 - a smaller version of the six in the contemporary Z car - and that produced 123-bhp in the Cedric. If you listen to it in the video you'll note that it seems to need a valve lash adjustment. You also might notice that the engine bay is orange - in fact seemingly the same hue as my own 240Z - which might indicate that the white exterior is a respray.
The video also shows off the interior which looks serviceable but not 100% complete. It is right-hand drive which I know has all you mail men salivating, and of course is a manual transmission, just the way you like it. It's old enough that outside of California nobody's going to care much about giving it a tag, and it seems to run okay and not need anything major, which is perhaps owed to its relatively low sub-100,000 kilometerage.
Yes, I know rarity doesn't necessarily equate to value, but dudes and dudettes, this isn't just rare, it's the only one here. Imagine a male stripper at a sorority party (I'll give you a minute) now think how much attention - plus dollars stuffed into his g-string - that lone hot dog is going to get amongst all the buns. Okay, so that's not a very good analogy, but you get the point. Plus now you have the image of some steroidal stallion wearing a thong rolling in your head. Ha!
Back to reality however, it's now time to weigh in on this claimed one and done Cedric and its $15,000 price tag. What do you think about that price for this rare opportunity? Is it worth that just to rock those cool fender mirrors? Or, is this a Cedric with a price that you would not entertain?
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