Some say Nissan made such the good pun, they created the car to go with it. The ...
Some say Nissan made such the good pun, they created the car to go with it. The Nissan S-Cargo wasn’t a kei car, but the small, Japan-exclusive retro van, manufactured between 1989 and 1991. Its quirky design was inspired by a Citroën 2CV Fourgonnette delivery van, which was nicknamed the snail.
Well, as if that wasn’t enough to make you chuckle, the S-Cargo’s name is actually a wordplay, sounding just like escargot – French word for snail. So, basically, Nissan created the snail vehicle.
What’s more interesting is that they did it intentionally. Thanks to Doug DeMuro there’s now one in the United States after he commissioned an import company to search for the model. With approximately 8000 units ever made, the Nissan S-Cargo is pretty rare, especially as when it was first launched the vehicle was available by reservation only. It even had two optional extras, including the two circle windows embedded on each side panel, as well as the electric canvas sunroof. Sadly, DeMuro’s variant is the standard one.
Anyway, we will let the owner of the whatchamacallit explain more, but keep in mind this is the only vehicle you will see that’s actually leaning forward and has the slightly inclined door frame (and rear end).
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