Even before retro thinking was a thing in global car design, it was popular in Japan. So several domestic manufacturers introduced their own retro-inspired models for the local market. However, the most interesting, unique one was the Nissan Figaro. It was a crazy and cool one-year model they produced as a right-hand drive car only.
They presented the Figaro in 1991 and it caused a stir among Japanese car fans. Nissan announced that it would be a limited-edition car they based on the Nissan Micra platform. But, this car came with a bespoke interior and automatic transmission. Also, it had a full options list and a stylish new body with a big sunroof as standard.
When the Figaro arrived, Nissan couldn’t keep up with the demand. The company even organized a lottery for interested consumers to buy the car. The unique aspects of the vehicle were visible even under the metal. The Figaro had a diminutive 987 cc turbocharged engine with 77 HP. Yet it still delivered a lively performance thanks to its small weight.