One thing I love about early-to-mid-1980s Nissans is the combination of futuristic technology with endearing Japanese-to-English translations. We’ve seen a few Maximas in this series, including this rear-wheel-drive ’82 Datsun Maxima and this puzzling “Brake Fluid EVERYWHERE” ’86 Maxima. On a recent trip to California, I found this rare Maxima station wagon at an Oakland self-serve yard.
This was just a few years before the Infiniti brand hit these shores, and the Maxima (like the Toyota Cressida) was seeming less luxurious compared to the competition as the decade of the 1980s wore on.
I found an excellent addition to my collection of heartfelt notes to tow-truck drivers in this car.
The paint is faded, but the interior isn’t so bad.
A powerful rebuttal to the notion of compromise.
As always, the US got the most boring commercials for Japanese cars.
WHOOOOOOSH! Super Sonic Suspension!