So, you didn’t win the Powerball lottery this week, did you? Well, today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Nissan is so weird that driving it will make you feel like you’ve won something, and you might not even need a winning ticket to buy it.
I have a confession to make, I happened across yesterday’s 1991 Mercedes Benz 190E 3.0 because I am in the beginning phases of looking for a 190D. That’s right, I had an ulterior motive!
There seemed to be nothing ulterior about that nicely kitted Benz however, and its price presented itself as compelling as well. In fact, fully 82% of you said it would be worthwhile pulling out your plastic for that Plasti-dipped little German sedan.
So, lots of discussion this week over the massive Powerball lotto payout - a Sagan-esque ‘billion’ - and what the winners might just do with so much money. Of course, if Howard Hughes, Donald Trump, or Jocelyn Wildenstein (for the love of god, please don’t Google her!) are any example, the first thing billionaires do is become balls-to-the-wall weirdos.
Dennis Hopper had a great line about this in the movie Speed, wherein Keanu Reeves tells him he’s crazy and he retorts “Poor people are crazy, Jack. I’m eccentric!
Well, should you ever turn into an eccentric Richie Rich, have I got a car for you.
Here’s a 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Never seen one in the metal? Count yourself lucky. I have and I’m still suffering the night sweats for it.
The CrossCab was a boutique car offered by Nissan from late 2010 through 2014. It was reputedly something Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn was keen on the company making, perhaps after he had gone on an escargot and after its sell-by date chianti bender.
The specialty car took your basic Murano four-door crossover and turned it into a fancy two-door, AWD, two-plus-two convertible at nearly twice the entry price of its progenitor. You know, because who the hell wouldn’t want that?
Well, apparently somebody did because here’s a used one with 72,000 miles on the clock and a whole lot of depreciation under its belt.
This ‘Super Black’ over camel edition is in fact claimed to be a two-owner car (go figure) and it comes kitted out in most appreciable fashion. Being only five years old, it’s loaded with most all the major options you might want - power this and telescoping that - and comes with Nav and a back-up camera so you can see both where you’re going and where you’ve been.
That’s a lot better than seeing the car itself because, even in swanky black, it’s got a lot of humpty dumpty going on, and I don’t mean that in a good way.
Still, this particular car looks to be in as-new condition, with no wear noticeable in the pics and some pretty nice paint to boot. The weird top, with its moonroof over the tiny back seats seems to to be in perfect shape, and inside, the buttery leather seems, well, buttery.
Performance shouldn’t be an issue either, allowing you to speed away from all those who will inevitably stare slack-jawed at the car, or cross themselves while shielding the eyes of small children less the appearance scar them for life.
That performance comes by way of a 265-bhp/248 lb-ft of torque 3.5-litre V6 that can move the Murano smartly, even if the CVT transmission will make applying that power an experience equitable to what shit must feel like while passing through a goose. And hey, who wouldn’t want to experience that?
So, who is the CrossCab for? Well, Doug had one once and he loved it. Take that for what it’s worth. I can say that at $40K - $50K there were a lot more compelling choices out there five years ago and hence very few takers for the car.
Now, at $17,995, or about what a appliance-like Versa may go out the door for, it may just be the right time for you to get your freak on. At that price you wouldn’t even need to win the lotto to buy it. It’s so weird however, that by just driving it people might think that you did.
What do you think, does this 72K CrossCab seem to be worth $17,995? Or, would you have to be crazy to pay that much?
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