Today is both happy and sad at the same time, for I have parted company with one of my 8 vehicles, yet another of my cast-off "hobbies".
The vehicle in question is a 1969 Nissan Patrol. Very rare in the US, only 2600 ever imported, and probably less than 500 left. I have, in my lifetime, seen only one in person, other than my own, and that was for no more than 10 seconds as it drove by.
Ever hear of a Nissan (NOT a Datsun) made in the 60s? Think they don't exist? Think again. This was the only product in the United States bearing the Nissan name during that period. I've had people tell me to my face that it's impossible for this to be a 1969 vehicle with the Nissan name on it. Some of them were Nissan dealership employees. Funny, that.
Despite their rarity, though, they're not worth a lot, primarily because no one has ever heard of them. Plus, they're ugly. Really ugly. That's actually what I like about it, but that's just the way I am. It's built like a tank. I've personally seen no less than three people severely damage their own cars backing (or forwarding) into it, parked as it usually is in front of a fast food restaurant where the customers have little regard for other people's property. Not a single one of them bothered to leave a note or otherwise attempt to take any kind of responsibility, but in all cases, it didn't even scratch the monster bumper this thing was built with. Oh, and the front bumper sticks out a good 18 inches from the front, too. That's where the factory PTO winch goes.
Alas, I had no time for this project, and it was getting lonely parked on the street, damage inflicted on other cars notwithstanding. It was time to move on. A friend of a friend was looking for a project, maybe a Landcruiser or something, and I offered my beloved Nissan Patrol, gratis, if he would take it and restore it. He made several overtures to try to give me something in return, but I insisted that all I wanted was for someone to give it a good home where it might escape the crusher for a while longer.
So I bid you adieu, my beloved Patrol, for though I will miss you, you'll be in a better place now.