The Figaro Owners Club is returning for a fifth year to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 11-13 November, and will be celebrating the cute cars’ 25th birthday with four vehicles representing the original collection of colours.
The distinctive and diminutive classic was first launched at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show. Only 20,000 were manufactured in 1991 in Japan by Nissan, with a Micra chassis and engine with an additional turbo. Its livery has never included the Nissan brand name, adding anonymity to its enigmatic character.
They were the first cars to be manufactured with a CD player as standard and are luxuriously equipped with leather seats, air conditioning, an open roof and bags of style. As demand exceeded the numbers produced, prospective purchasers in 1991 entered a lottery for the opportunity to buy one at 1,870,00 yen (approx. £10,000) at the time.
The four colours originally manufactured were designed to reflect the changing seasons: Emerald Green (Spring), Pale Aqua (Summer), Topaz Mist (Autumn) and Lapis Grey (Winter). Enthusiasts today sport a stunning array of custom colours.
Figaro Owners Club founder Kevin Fagan said: “After a fantastic year of celebrations including a meet of 266 in the West Midlands, we’re looking forward to finishing the year off with a birthday party at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show; a great opportunity to show off these iconic little cars. We’ll be bringing the pick of the crop for visitors to the stand to admire.”
Visitors are invited to visit the stand in Hall 5 to get snapped in a fun photo booth and purchase specialist items at the Figaro pop-up shop. Experts will be on hand for ‘Figgy’ enthusiasts wanting advice