Seldom-seen 4X4, Nissan Patrol looks ready for off-road adventure

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The Nissan Patrol is set up for exploring the outdoors

If this is the year that you promised yourself an interesting off-road vehicle for fun and adventure, maybe something a bit different than the popular Jeep Wranglers and Toyota Land Cruisers, then the Pick of the Day could be of interest: a 1965 Nissan Patrol.

Although relatively rare in the U.S., the Patrol is a mainstay off-roader in Asia, New Zealand and Australia, where the hardy capability of the little 4X4 is well-appreciated during outback expeditions. Only a few thousand left-hand-drive versions were imported to the United States.

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The Patrol has a huge metal basket mounted on its roof

This one is part of the second-generation models that spanned the 1960s, and it has been recently restored to original condition, according to the Taylorsville, North Carolina, dealer advertising the Patrol on ClassicCars.com.

The SUV is powered by its original 4.0-liter inline-6 and manual transmission, although the ad does not specify whether it is a three- or four-speed gearbox.  The Patrol is equipped with a power winch on its front bumper to pull it out of sticky situations.

In the brief description, the dealer describes it in this way: “Everything works. Very nice in every way. Runs and drives as it should.”

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No distractions in this spartan interior, but lots of levers

In the photos with the ad, the Patrol appears to be in showroom condition and set up for back-country traversing, with off-road tires and a seriously large metal basket on its roof for toting along the necessary gear for an extended stay in the wild. The tan paint job should help blend into the natural surroundings.

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While vintage Land Cruisers are commanding premium prices these days, the lesser-known Patrols are still in the affordable range. This one is priced at $24,900, and definitely looks ready for some back-country fun.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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  1. Comes with a large basket ? A large rack might sound better . It’s not a Schwinn . 😁
    Very Cool Patrol , two thumbs up to the builder

  2. ..I ‘M TIRED OF SEEING FOREIGN CARS ON THE CLASSIC CARS LISTS.. EVERYDAY THE SAME THING..!! I HAVE ONLY OWNED 3 FOREGN TYPE CARS .. START A NEW PAGE FOR YOUR FOREIGN LOVES..!!! EE WANT ‘ AMERICAN BUILT CLASSICS’ , THANK YOU..!!!

  3. Alright I am stupid I guess….What are all the shift knobs and levers for??? I understand the clutch, brake, gas pedals, The emergency/park brake and the normal transmission stick. But then there is one near the drivers seat, and two to the right of the Stick shift. What are they for please? Educate me.
    As far as the comment about foreign cars needing a listing of their own, Stuff it Terry a great car/truck is still a great car or truck no matter what nation built it.
    Thanks to who ever can answer this.

    • Robert, the two sticks to the right are for the 4 wheel drive; 4 wheel and 2 wheel, the other is high or low range. The one next to the driver seat is for the PTO winch. As for domestic vs foreign cars on classic car site I am with the previous posters, American made on one page and others on a separate page.

    • Probably like a Land Rover when it comes the plethora of shift levers. You have the main transmission shifter (the big one), the over drive shifter (left of the main shifter), 4-wheel drive engage (one of the shifters on the right) High/Low shifter (the other one on the right). The lever on the upper left near the bulkhead is probably the emergency brake. The similarities to the two, the Land Rover and the Patrol of the same vintage, is very similar. I just wish my Land Rover had a 4 litre engine in it!

  4. The levers are probably an emergency brake, gearbox shifter, high / low on transfer case, and PTO for the winch. The one by the seat is to eject drivers who don’t like appreciate foreign vehicles.

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