The Figaro was introduced at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show under the slogan "Back to the Future"
The name references the title character in the play The Marriage of Figaro by Pierre Beaumarchais
Based on the Nissan Micra, the Figaro was built at Aichi Machine Industry, a special projects group which Nissan would later call "Pike Factory"
As a fixed-profile convertible, the upper side elements of the Figaro's bodywork remain fixed, while its fabric soft top retracts to provide a less fully open experience than a typical convertible
The fixed-profile concept is seen on other convertibles, including the Citroën 2CV (1948–1990), and the 1957 Fiat 500 — as well its' 2007 Fiat 500 successor
A very simple design which works very easily and at the same time, ensures structural integrity
Thereafter the roof system has been employed by the Smart car too
The Figaro was marketed in four colours representing the four seasons: Lapis Grey (Winter), Emerald Green (Spring), Pale Aqua (Summer) and Topaz Mist (Autumn), listed in order of number produced, highest first - ours is in Topaz Mist (or as we call it, Cappuccino)
Specified with all of the extras you could wish for such as, leather seats, air conditioning, CD player, alarm, automatic gearbox & power assisting steering and that nifty opening roof - remember in those days if you ordered a new BMW, Audi or Mercedes even a radio was an extra...!!!
Production was scheduled for only 8.000 units although demand outstripped supply and an additional 12.000 units were actually built
Typical of the period prospective purchasers entered a lottery to purchase a Figaro as even with the additional 12.000 units produced there were not enough to meet the strong public desire to have one at home
Our example came to these shores in 1991 - ie exactly when produced and has lived close to London ever since
All original book work is here in the history folder and the vehicle has been fastidiously maintained (tappets adjusted as required etc etc) with many invoices and MoT's whilst the last cam belt service was in 2013 and the next is due in 2020
Only 88.000Kms (52.000 miles) have been covered and everything is in immaculate condition
All owners have been of the female variety and everything works, just as it should
The body work, interior and the mechanical areas all works perfectly and she is as pretty as a peach
With her 994cc turbo charged engine she leaps off the line with alacrity and surprises all of our colleagues with her spirited pep
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