You have to be comfortable with the Nissan Cube’s quirky looks, but they’re not as rare now as they once were. That “once seen, never forgotten” boxy body translates into loads of interior space. The Cube is rightly listed as one of the 50 most influential car designs of recent times.
This example is the best we’ve seen by a wide margin. It looks and drives as if it were made in the last couple of years. Don’t forget: only 21,000 miles on the clock!
We imported it from Japan late last year. Whoever owned it treated it very well. The upholstery has never been directly sat on because it’s covered by Cube branded seat covers, which themselves are spotlessly clean.
This car is a “Welcab” adapted vehicle for use by someone who has no legs or is unable to use their legs. It’s just as easily driven by someone who is fully mobile.
The car has the usual accelerator, brake and footbrake pedals and it also has a hand lever to the left that acts as an accelerator, brake, indicators, lights and horn. It has a turning handle on the steering wheel to allow for single-handed steering by the right hand.
Each of the 2 front seats has a retractable step and there is a lifting arm and hoist built into roof of the car. So this car is a fully-equipped “Welcab” example, but it is also perfectly usable as a family car.
We’re not competent to comment on the functionality or appropriateness of this vehicle to anyone who wishes to buy it as a professionally adapted mobility car. However, we’ll gladly submit the car for assessment by any competent authority such as an Occupational Therapist or mobility equipment specialist.
The engine (remember 21,000 miles!) is Nissan’s UA BZ11 1.4ltr petrol used in the Micra. It’s lively and responsive. The automatic, column-mounted, transmission is smooth. We’ve fully road-tested this car using our trade plates and it performs faultlessly. It’s an easy car to drive with excellent all-round visibility.
It has electrically adjustable & retractable mirrors, fuel filler cap button, central locking, electric windows.
The car passed its MOT with flying colours and no advisories because it’s been well looked after and little used. We fitted a rear fog lamp and waxoiled the underside of the car to keep it in the excellent order it’s in now.
This car has a multimedia audio system, including a CD multichanger and a DVD player, both of which work. It also includes touch screen satnav (won’t work here). As with all Japanese imports the radios operate on a narrow FM frequency range so the only station you’ll get is Radio 2. However, we’ll supply a brand new bluetooth transmitter that enables you to play all media from your ‘phone: music apps like Spotify, iTunes etc. and online radio through the car’s audio via the bluetooth transmitter. The resultant sound quality is really nice & the car’s audio system is a good one. It also provides hands-free bluetooth ‘phone audio so you can use your ‘phone, when it’s safe to do so, on the move.
You could replace the audio header unit with a new one if you wanted to but that’s more expensive and will detract from the originality of the car.
There is masses of interior space. Collapse the rear seats and see just how huge the amount of space is.
The speedo and odometer are in KM but a “headsup display unit” will cost you less than £20 if you need to see things in MPH.
The bodywork is very, very good. There is a minor dent on the left leading edge of the wheel arch (see pictures). There is absolutely no rust anywhere.
Parts and maintenance are no problem as the Cube is based on Nissan Micra mechanicals and running gear.
Please note: The car is currently not DVLA registered so as to limit the number of owners listed on the V5C when it is issued. In other words, the buyer of this car will be its 1st listed UK owner. As soon as the car is paid for we’ll apply for registration, which usually takes the DVLA a couple of weeks and you will receive a V5C in your name. We’ll supply & fit registration plates so all you have to do is tax & insure the car.
We have a network of very good specialist insurers for Japanese imports we can point you in the direction of. Please ASK! It’ll save you potential hassle and cost.
Japanese imports are routinely in much better condition that UK cars of a similar age. This is partly due to the lack of salt on Japanese roads and partly due to the Japanese culture of taking care of your own and others’ property. You rarely get door dings on Japanese imports. It’s a polite society. The cars are usually very clean too.