The Nissan S-Cargo was a small retro-styled van manufactured by the Japanese automaker Nissan from 1989 to 1991, and originally marketed solely in Japan at their Nissan Cherry Stores. The exterior styling of the S-Cargo was inspired by the Citroën 2CV Fourgonnette delivery van, and interior styling borrowed a Citroën-style single-spoke steering wheel. The name was a double entendre, standing for "Small Cargo" and sounding like "escargot", the French word for snail, which in turn is a nickname for the Citroën 2CV. The S-Cargo was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1989, was originally marketed without Nissan branding and was available by reservation only. Over its two-year production run, 8,000 were produced.
Because of its origins at Pike Factory, (Nissan's special project group), the S-Cargo — along with the Nissan Figaro, Be-1 and Pao — are known as Nissan's "Pike cars." 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.
This very well maintained S Cargo is in excellent condition in every respect with only minor evidence of use. The Paint, interior, and all finishes are in very good to excellent condition with little to wear or sue noted. Very few of these have been imported to the US since that has been permitted, so this cute little van will draw attention anywhere you take it. This little JDM van is just the thing for the small business looking to make a splash, or the serious JDM collector looking to add one to his collection. Based on Nissan Sentra Running gear, parts are easily sourced here stateside, these get great gas mileage, are obviously easy to store, and will provide years of continued service with their rugged Japanese engineering and reliability.