The only time that Nissan attempted to sell a cab-over minivan in the U.S. they gained a rep for carbecuing and had to all be recalled. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe diesel Homy proves what a shame that was, but will this rare van’s price prove equally shameful?
It looks like for two grand, a couple of jugs of antifreeze, and maybe some molly, somebody could have a good time with yesterday’s 1993 Cadillac Allanté. That is of course if they paid full-asking, for which 65% of you gave an appreciative nod seeing as anything that’s not actually on fire seems to be worth at least that much.
Speaking of being on fire...
Back in the '80s, when Nissan was looking to cash in on the wave of resurgent Minivan sales in the U.S. which was ignited by Chrysler’s K-car based boxes, they followed Toyota’s lead and enlisted an existing JDM cabover van. While not a hot seller, the Nissan C22 did gain infamy for suffering engine fires which resulted in Nissan eventually buying them all back and never speaking of them again.
Nissan’s follow up was the far more traditional Quest, a larger front-driver co-designed and built with Ford and as dull as Mennonite soft core. It’s too bad the C22s turned into crispy critters because had they been more successful perhaps we would then received its bigger brother, the Homy.
The Homy wasn’t a Nissan at first, as it was originally a Prince model. No, not Purple Rain Prince. The Homy was in fact the first Nissan-Prince badged vehicle the company sold post Prince acquisition. This ’88 model is all Nissan however, and not only that but it’s about the coolest and most feature laden mini van you could find this side of an old VW Syncro.
Remarkably rocking what the seller claims is a solid Washington State title and registration, this Homy most likely found its way to the U.S. by way of Canada. The ad says that it’s “truly mint” and the pictures bear that out.
Offering up 4-wheel drive and an 84-horse 2,664-cc diesel four, the only thing this 43,000-mile van is missing is a third pedal to push all the right Jalop buttons. Instead it has a slusher and driving it you’d need to get used to rocking that with your left hand as the driver’s controls are inexplicably on the right side of the engine box.
That’s because this is a JDM truck and as such exhibits a number of cool features and quirks not usually par for the course here in the States, things like RHD, a hatch-mounted mirror, and power-operated curtains.
There’s also a set of swing-around captains chairs up front and if you’re really into swinging then you might appreciate that the rear benches fold out to become a bed, ensconced within the privacy of the aforementioned power curtains. That means you'd be free to engage in some Homy-sexual behavior no matter where you happened to be.
Other cool accouterments include dual HVAC, factory chrome wheels, and a keyless entry. Claimed garaged since new, this Abbey Road edition - and no, I have no clue what that adds to the Homy - is too cool for school. Of course dropping the kids off at school will be a hassle seeing as the single side slider is on the traffic side here. Dodge kids, Dodge! Camry, Camry, Camry! Oww, Smart Car!
Parts for this beast shouldn’t be a problem since a lot can be had over that new fangled Internet, leaving just title transfer and registration outside of Washington to be a potential contention.
Of course, should you be - like its current owner - adept at working the system, then that may not be a problem. In that case you’d only need to worry whether this Homy’s $12,500 asking price is too high.
What do you think, is $12,500 a fair price for this uber rare Homy away from home? Or, does that price make your interest go up in flames?
H/T to Civardi for the hookup!
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