This is not so bad. And it’s cheap. It’s the Nissan 100 NX.
As with so many of these types of cars, they dissolve into obscurity and when you chance upon them they look much better than you remember them. We have discussed in these pages design rationalism of the French and German types. In the Nissan 100 NX we see some more of this. The way the shutlines and panel gaps are set up is very disciplined indeed. Look at the way the bonnet shutline goes without interruption from one side of the window base to the other. The styling theme is that of the 300 ZX scaled down a bit and squashed over a front-drive chassis. That car appeared in 1989 and faded away in 2000.
What was the 100 NX? In short, a dressed up Nissan Sunny. It had two doors and was sold with a targa roof and with a fixed steel roof. Two engines served the 100 NX: a 1.6 and a 2.0 litre. For the first three years the 1.6 had a carburettor and then more reliable fuel-injection. The car had power steering and a combination of discs and drums. Five speeds, of course.
Generally, the car is enjoying a fairly decent afterlife. It’s ID aesthetic is now appealingly vintage and the market for small, affordable sports cars is not huge so there seems to be a steady demand for these little front-drive go-karts. Road and Track rated the car’s handling very highly. The British press were less sympathetic, disliking its exterior appearance and drab interior. And yes, it is drab. The reason for that was to keep the cost of the car down. Ford played a similar game with the Puma and ditto the Tigra, based on the Corsa.
This particular car has been rust-treated, has a recent MOT and comes in a striking shade of yellow which I must say I find rather appealing. All in all, 22 years later, this little vehicle is a steal at 19,500 Kr. There’s only one on sale in Denmark too.