The Department of Homeland Security may have the Land Rover Defender on their radar, but one Houston truck enthusiast has another pretty cool off-roader for sale, one that’s apparently legally imported too.
The Nissan Patrol is Nissan’s version of the Toyota Land Cruiser – while not quite as popular as the LC, you can still find them used by various UN agencies wherever there is a humanitarian crisis. They’re also quite popular in the Middle East as desert playthings.
The example for sale in Houston is a manual example with a diesel engine and appears to have originated in Central America. While we actually get the current Patrol in the form of the Infiniti QX56 (fun fact: that car has one of the best HVAC systems in the world, since the A/C was designed with Middle Eastern customers in mind), this version is far more rugged than the somewhat sanitized latest iteration.
In fact, Nissan will still sell you a new version of this Patrol, dubbed the Y61, in Australia, where the necessity of an indestructible SUV has led Toyota to all sell an ancient version of the Toyota Land Cruiser. Ditto for places like the UAE, where the Emiratis consider them to be “cheap” cars for desert dune bashing.