This 1986 Nissan Hardbody is an early pickup that really redefined style and substance for small trucks. And the well-preserved style, premium extended cab, and all-around robustness make sure this one continues to prove its distinction as it also becomes a sought-after classic.
The 1986 trucks were a leap ahead for Nissan. They seemed to earn their Hardbody name with the aggressively flat front end and well-creased lines that give it a robust style. And the way this continues to look crisp and clean 35+ years later, only adds to that mystique. The white paint even has the right look for a clean truck that still wants to get the job done. While these look sturdy, this was a truck done with plenty of style in the mix, too. It’s in the way the chrome bumper defines the front end. And there’s a full-length body crease, and in fact, the tail lights continue the crease so that it can wrap around to the tailgate. It’s this level of thoughtfulness in the design that turns a useful truck into a valued classic. And while many trucks get used up as workhorses, everything about this truck signals a well-respected life thus far.
The interior is quite attractive because Nissan understood that the new generation of truck buyers wanted car-like comfort (this one even has a steering wheel borrowed from the car line.) The cloth upholstery of the well-bolstered front bucket seats continues to look and feel nice. There are desirable features like the sliding rear windows, stock AM/FM/cassette stereo, and full gauges with speedo and tach. The odometer represents the full mileage. So you may choose to restore some areas like the dash, but overall, you can really see the difference of a well-built truck that has been given the proper care. This is an extended cab truck, and so you get the extra space to recline on long trips.
The presentation under the hood is especially clean and stock. So if you’re in a crowd of Japanese car/truck fans, this will impress. And the Z24 on the top cover means a lot. This 2.4-liter motor was part of a robust motor series, but only the last few years got fuel injection. So it fires up and runs with the eagerness and consistency that really reinforces the feeling that a well-respected Nissan pickup can drive to the moon and back. Plus, power brakes, front discs, and four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive mean all your journeys across the earth can be comfortable, too.
Preserved, significant, useful, and trustworthy – this is a great classic truck offered for a great price. Call today!
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