Nissan Be-1

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Nissan Be-1
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Nissan Be-1 finished in Pumpkin Yellow
ManufacturerNissan Motors
Production1987-1988 (10,000 Units)
AssemblyOppama Plant, Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Body and chassis
Body style2-door notchback
LayoutFF layout
PlatformNissan B platform
Engine1.0 L MA10S I4
Wheelbase2,300 mm (90.6 in)
Length3,635 mm (143.1 in)
Width1,580 mm (62.2 in)
Height1,420 mm (55.9 in)
Curb weight670 kg (1,477.1 lb)

The Nissan Be-1 is a retro-styled three-door hatchback manufactured by Nissan for model years 1987-1988, and originally marketed solely in Japan at their Nissan Cherry Stores.

Nissan Be-1 finished in Pumpkin Yellow (rear)

Designed to be a fashionable city car, the Be-1 was originally marketed without Nissan branding, by reservation only and solely in Japan.[1]

Because of its origins at Pike Factory, Nissan's special project group, the Be-1 — along with the Nissan Figaro, Pao and S-Cargo — are known as Nissan's "Pike cars."

In 2011, noted design critic Phil Patton, writing for the New York Times, called the Pike cars "the height of postmodernism"[2] and "unabashedly retro, promiscuously combining elements of the Citroën 2CV, Renault 4, Mini [and] Fiat 500."[2]


Like the later Pao and Figaro, the Be-1 is based on the first generation Nissan Micra chassis. As such, it is powered by the 1.0 L (987 cc) carbureted MA10S I4 engine coupled to a choice of a 3-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.[3] This engine produces 52 PS (38 kW; 51 hp) at 6000 rpm and 75 N⋅m (55 lb⋅ft) of torque at 3600 rpm.

The chassis included rack and pinion steering, independent suspension with struts in front, as well as 4-links and coil springs in back. Disc brakes were used in the front and drum brakes were used in the rear.[citation needed] A large, electronically operated canvas roof was offered as an option starting in March, 1987.[citation needed] The interior is very basic and notably features a large, centrally mounted speedometer.


10,000 Be-1s were built in total from 1987-1988, but since demand was so high for the Be-1, buyers were decided through a lottery organized by Nissan. The Be-1 was available in 4 colors: Pumpkin Yellow, Tomato Red, Hydrangea Blue and Onion White.[4] All Onion White cars featured a black interior and body colored steel wheels.[citation needed]

Model codes
  • BK10RHF (5MT)
  • BK10RHFW (5MT w/canvas top)
  • BK10RHA (3AT)
  • BK10RHAW (3AT w/canvas top)
Dimensions and weight
  • Length: 3,635 mm (143.1 in)
  • Width: 1,580 mm (62.2 in)
  • Height: 1395 mm (w/canvas top 1420 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 2,300 mm (90.6 in)
  • Ground clearance: 165 mm (6.5 in)
  • Front tread: 1,365 mm (53.7 in)
  • Rear tread: 1,350 mm (53.1 in)
  • Weight: MT 670 kg, (w/canvas top 680 kg), AT 700 (w/canvas top 710 kg)
  • Gross weight: MT 945 kg (w/canvas top 955 kg), AT 975 kg (w/canvas top 985 kg)
  • Capacity: 5 people
  • Minimum turning radius: 4.4 m (14 ft)
  • Fuel consumption (according to Japanese rule 10.15): (5MT) 20.5 km/L (48.2 mpg); (3AT) 16.5 km/L (38.8 mpg); (3AT w/canvas top) 15.0 km/L (35.3 mpg)
  • Fuel consumption at a steady 60 km/h (37 mph): (5MT) 31.4 km/L (73.9 mpg); (3AT) 25.4 km/L (59.7 mpg)
  • Water-cooled OHC inline-4-cylinder
  • Bore x Stroke: 68.0 mm × 68.0 mm (2.68 in × 2.68 in)
  • Compression ratio: 9.5
  • Electronically controlled carburetor (ECC)
  • Fuel tank capacity: unleaded regular, 40 L (10.6 US gal)
  • Disc brakes front and rear[citation needed]
  • Tire size: 165/70R12 front and rear


  1. ^ "Lesser-Known Pike: 1987 Nissan Be-1 in Washington State". The best vintage and classic cars for sale online | Bring a Trailer. 2018-09-21. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  2. ^ a b Phil Patton (March 18, 2011). "Nissan's Cartoon Cars, Once So Hip". The New York Times.
  3. ^ McAleer, Brendan (2014-04-22). "The gloriously weird Nissans of the Pike Factory". Road & Track. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  4. ^ Orlove, Raphael. "Even The Color Names For The Nissan Be-1 Are Adorable". Jalopnik. Retrieved 2019-01-01.

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