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Nissan Figaro

Nissan Figaro

If you passed a Nissan Figaro in the street you could be forgiven for thinking it was a 1950s British sports car. And that's exactly what Nissan was trying to achieve with the model, as British classics have a cult following in Japan. Based on the platform of the Micra, the Figaro was built from 1991 onwards to a limited production of 20,000 units - and if you wanted one, you had to enter a lottery for the chance to get your name on the waiting list. By far the Figaro's cutest feature was its interior - you got chrome-rimmed dials, a smart ivory-colored three-spoke steering wheel and lots of retro-style chrome rocker switches, while the seats were trimmed in fine quality leather. However it was a very modern car, with a reasonable 987cc engine and an automatic transmission. The sliding soft top could be stored in the boot for open-air motoring.

Nissan Figaro Specifications

Top speed:97 mph (157 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):11.3 sec
Engine type:in-line three
Displacement:60 ci (987 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:76 bhp (57 kW) at 6,000 rpm
Max torque:78 lb ft (106 Nm) at 4,400 rpm
Weight:1,786 lb (804 kg)
Economy:35 mpg (12.5 km/I)
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