Could this 1985 Nissan Prairie be any uglier? Some might ask this but I think it’s awkward profile could make it something interesting to have.
This vehicle was all about space, and luxury – according to Nissan. The roof line is 8″ higher than a typical car and the load platform is only 17″ from the ground. There are no central door pillars and the rear doors slide back to leave a clear open space. Even the seat belts are built-in to the front does to create more space. The interior is not only spacious, it is infinitely flexible. The rear seats recline, just like the front ones, or fold forward to give a cavernous storage space four feet high and five feet long. Or you can fold all the seats flat into a double bed for overnight camping.
The Prairie has a highly efficient lightweight OHC engine, with either 1.5 liters or a 1.8 liter (which had a top speed of 100 MPH), depending on the level of performance you want. Both engines are fitted transversely to give even more space and drive the front wheels though a five speed overdrive gearbox for outstanding economy and safe, sure handling. The high level of equipment included push-button radio, heat-reflecting glass, quartz clock, remote control for door mirrors and tailgate and petrol flaps, all standard. There was even a new “Anniversary II” model, with extra luxury items such as electric windows. Lastly, it came with a 100,000 mile/3-year warranty and a 6-year body warranty.
(image #2 source: John Lloyd).