1988 Nissan President - Today's Tempter

By: Spencer Leech, Unique Cars magazine

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1988 Nissan President - Today's Tempter
Nissan President looks like a lot of limo for the money.

We here at the Unique Cars office get a whole bunch of weird and wonderful classics appear across our desktops, but it’s not often that we see something that even resident guru Rob Blackbourn doesn’t know much about.

"Whaddaya know about this thing Rob?" I say.

"Bugger all mate" he responds, peering over his screen.

It’s a 1988 Nissan President H252 that was recently listed for sale, and by its spacious rear-seat, lavish woodgrain interior and lumbering V8 under the bonnet, it’s not hard to see how it got its name.

It’s a luxo Japanese sedan that was originally imported for ‘Consular and Nissan management’, and not a whole lot more are known to be here in Australia. Even in its homeland they were mostly reserved for corporate high-rollers and government officials.

The President’s family-tree can be traced back to 1965, when the Nissan Cedric Special made way for the brand’s first luxury sedan, the H150. It was similar in concept to the car we see here and hung around until 1973 when the H250 President replaced it until 1989. Then the H252, by far the most exaggerated of the bunch was released.

Even by today’s standards, this thing is plush; electric everything, a 4.4-litre V8 under the bonnet, and shite-loads of cool-looking buttons and dials on the dash to mess around with.

This one that’s for sale is advertised at $11,000. It’s hard to judge that price as there are so few to compare it to. Either way, the car looks immaculate, and is certainly an interesting find.

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