Nissan Figaro Offered Via Sotheby's And RM Sotheby's Online Only Auction Series
November 6, 2019 by RM Sothebys NEW YORK (6 November 2019) –
Sotheby's and RM Sotheby's have announced the offering of a retro-styled 1991 Nissan Figaro through their Online Only collector car auction series. The sixth automobile in the single-lot series to be offered on Sotheby's digital auction platform, the Figaro is open for bidding as of 12:00 pm ET on 6 November through 11:00 am ET on 14 November. Offered without reserve, the car is estimated to bring $35,000 - $45,000.
The Nissan Figaro was first introduced at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show with the slogan 'Back to the Future.' It was so well received by the public, Nissan put the car immediately into production for the 1991 model year. The charming city car featured a fixed-profile convertible design with 1960s styling and reliable, modern underpinnings. The Figaro is powered by Nissan's MA10E-T, a 76 horsepower, 987-cc turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, capable of a top speed of roughly 106 mph. The engine is paired to a three-speed automatic transaxle which sends power to the front wheels.
Nissan offered the Figaro in four colors, each of which represented a season – Lapis Grey (Winter), Green (Spring), Pale Aqua (Summer), and Topaz Mist (Autumn). The cars were offered only in right-hand-drive, however customers had up to 37 options at their fingertips. Initial production was slated for 8,000 but that number quickly increased to 20,000 to meet demand. In fact, demand for the retro '90s roadster was so high, Nissan devised a lottery system to select prospective buyers in Japan.
Completed in July of 1991, the delightful Figaro on offer, chassis no. FK10-011078, is finished in the Summer shade of Pale Aqua, believed to be one of 3,989 in this color. The rear side protectors on this example are the coveted Tokyo Nouvelle Vague external plaques - it's believed only 1,500 cars left the factory featuring this option. Fully road legal in the United States, this charming Figaro has covered just over 9,000 km from new.
An increasingly popular car among collectors, this Figaro holds the unique distinction of appearing in season 11, episode 10 of the popular Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee series, hosted by award winning comedian and car collector, Jerry Seinfeld. In the episode, Jerry picks up his guest, Saturday Night Live cast member Melissa Villaseñor in the car. Together they enjoy a ride through Brooklyn, New York. A minor, but supporting cast member, the Figaro performed flawlessly and provided the perfect city transit for the episode. A charming, well-optioned example, the Figaro remains in wonderful condition throughout and is sure to turn heads for years to come.
'The Nissan Figaro is both a throwback to timelessly appealing 1960s design as well as a car ahead of its time when it came to the onset of retro-styled models from mainstream manufacturers,' comments Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby's. 'It offers the design of a classic with the reliability of more modern cars, all at an affordable entry point to the collector car market. Perhaps its most important selling point is that it's nearly impossible for its driver, passenger, or onlooker to not be in a good mood.'
Sotheby's and RM Sotheby's Online Only platform delivers the concierge-level service that both Sotheby's and RM Sotheby's are known for, providing clients with an honest assessment of the cars on offer via pre-purchase inspections and specialist condition reports that the companies stand behind, through to buyer transportation and the final transaction. Extensive photography, documentation, and the pre-purchase inspection are available at sothebys.com. RM Sotheby's conditions of business apply to the Online Only sales. Interested bidders are invited to call +1 519 352 4575 or +1 212 894 1562 to speak with an RM Sotheby's car specialist for additional information.
Additional information and bidder registration are available at sothebys.com.