Curbside Classics: 1986 Nissan Stanza Wagon | The Truth About Cars

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Curbside Classics: 1986 Stanza Wagon

A Stanza What the NSFW! Before you run for the give me a minute to spell out my Classics criteria: 1) at least years old; 2) used as a or regular driver; 3) shows the of age; 4) has a significant place in history; 5) has a place in my personal history; 6) has distinctive design 7) has an enthusiast following; 8) represents the carscape of Eugene; 9) is under-appreciated; and 10) me to write about it.

Believe me, the Nissan (a.k.a. Prairie) is

I’ve always had a thing boxes on wheels, and I drive one I guess being tall is of it. But there’s more; something the pursuit of maximum interior while casting a small just appeals. Of course, such a noble cause can be to an extreme, like the 1968 .

There are two trans-Atlantic myths the origins of the modern mini-van/MPV. The version credits Chrysler’s twins (1984). The European credits the Renault Espace 1984). They’re both Of course, the VW bus, and other utility vans precede but they’re in a different class.

a reason the VW called itself The driving position, performance and dynamics were distinctly like. The gap between cars and was just waiting to be exploited.

The quest for innovative and efficient of humans has been a recurring of star-designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. commonly associated with classics and exotics like the 250GT, the DeTomaso Mangusta and Ghibli, Giugiaro also credit for numerous mass-production like the original VW Golf, Alfa-Romeos, and a spate of other cars.

His first stab at a “people mover” came in when his New York Taxi won a competition by the Museum of Modern That led to the definitive 1978 Megagamma. the first true MPV. With a 140hp 2.5-liter boxer four, the for the first time offered performance, comfort and space in a package. Lancia didn’t the balls or resources to put it into

But Nissan did, in 1981.

Not as penned by the Ital Design but pretty close. And not only did copy the Megagamma, but also on it in a very innovative way. By sliding doors on both and totally eliminating the “B” pillar, became.

Axxess. The Prairie was a origami-mobile, including clever storage compartments (under the and so many hidden nooks and that some owners stumbling onto new ones later.

Sold initially in (1981) and in Europe (1983), the Stanza Wagon finally it to the US for 1986, presumably in response to the Odd about that name too, since prairies are associated with America Japan.

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In 1985, I was managing a new start-up TV in Los Angeles. We needed some for our news crews. I had seen a of a tricked-out Prairie used by a network, with a complete control room for remote Cool, but we couldn’t afford like that or even feeds.

But when a Nissan offered us cars in trade for I picked a handful of Stanza The news crews second-guessed me presumably out of feelings of inferiority to the big all the other stations used.

But the and efficient Prairies earned grudging respect. And despite best efforts to destroy the tall-boy wagons wore iron. Some of them had over 200k miles on before they were Wiki reports, The first Prairies, while innovative, had body characteristics when hard, due to the removal of the B-pillar.]

Eugene attracts folks come here for qualities than. high paying jobs. Most are escapees the Bay Area looking for a simpler cheaper) lifestyle in a beautiful And they prefer the older neighborhoods that accommodate busing or walking to work at the or some research institute or organization downtown.

Or they hemp tie-dye underwear to at Eugene’s famous Saturday

The point is, these folks to practical, boxy, durable with four-wheel drive possible, to get them to their weekend hiking, camping, or skiing spot. There is a genre of classic vintage the VW bus being the most stereotypical of We’ll cover them

The Prairie might be considered the wallflower of the bunch. But I’m not exaggerating I tell you there are at least six of in my neighborhood. Yes, this vintage, historical, design-pioneering, 4WD box has from its daily use by its enthusiastic

It scores a perfect ten.

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