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.
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.”
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.
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.