'The 1986 Nissan Stanza Wagon's Success Could Be Slow'

People did not buy the Stanza Wagon for its looks.

Intrepid host John Davis says that the wagon is awkward and doesn't look anything like the Stanza itself. Thankfully, it's modestly priced. At just under $10,000, you're getting almost every feature you could want.


Excluding air conditioning.

The people in the Stanza have to be the most animated MotorWeek actors I've ever seen. They chat, they make faces, they breathe heavily. It's like they don't even realize they're on camera. And man oh man are those some great short shorts.


Ok, enough of me. Watch the Stanza tackle the slalom and hit 60 in 13.7 seconds. Blistering!

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A fellow racer of mine was a Nissan tech back when these were new, I guess the nickname at dealership service departments for them was "Wally Wagon". Funky looking little rigs, one even ran at 24 Hours of LeMons.