Photo: All Images From Nissan Heritage

We remember the Figaro probably best today, but the Nissan Be-1 was the first of Nissan’s Pike Cars, a handful of limited-production retro vehicles of the Bubble Era. It was adorable, down even to the names of its available colors.

The world got:


Pumpkin Yellow

Tomato Red


Onion White


and Hydrangea Blue.

Yeah. Screw you, blueberry.


Anyway, the Be-1 is a real gem, and absolutely everything about it should be redone today. Light, simple and easy-to make with endless style without strict imitation.


It was basically a front drive Nissan March econobox under the skin, which I personally have no problem with. The Be-1 got a carbureted 1.0-liter four-cylinder making 52 horsepower, but it only had a scant 1,500 pounds to push around if you got the five-speed manual transmission.


I need one.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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