top of page

1987 Nissan Be-1 Concept

This is the 1987 Nissan Be-1 Concept car that closely resembles its short-lived, manufactured predesecor.

The Nissan Be-1 is a retro-styled two-door notchback sedan manufactured by Nissan for 1987-1988 and originally marketed solely in Japan at their Nissan Cherry Stores. Designed to be a fashionable city car, the Be-1 was marketed without any Nissan branding, by reservation only, and solely in Japan.

Because of its origins at the Pike Factory, Nissan's special project group, the Be-1—along with the Nissan Figaro, Pao, and S-Cargo—are known as Nissan's "Pike cars." The Pao and the Figaro are built on the Nissan March's underpinnings. In 2011, noted design critic Phil Patton, writing for the New York Times, called the Pike cars "the height of postmodernism" and "unabashedly retro, promiscuously combining elements of the Citroën 2CV, Renault 4, Mini [and] Fiat 500."

Source: Nissan Be-1 - Wikipedia.

Image: oldconceptcars

Join the Story Cars Newsletter