1984 Nissan Stanza 1.8 SGL Auto *SOLD*

MODELStanza 1.8 SGL Auto

1984 Nissan Stanza 1.8 SGL Auto *SOLD*

  • 1.8 SGL Automatic
  • Five door
  • Metallic Red
  • Remarkably well preserved
  • The last surviving 1.8 SGL Auto on the road
  • This 1984 Nissan Stanza 1.8 SGL Auto sold for £2,500
  • Please scroll down the page past the video to read a full description for this lot


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  • 1.8 SGL Automatic
  • Five door
  • Metallic Red
  • Remarkably well preserved
  • The last surviving 1.8 SGL Auto on the road

Take a look at photographs of 1980s traffic. Japanese cars, Nissans in particular, were everywhere. Where have they all gone? Today, only a handful of Stanza’s remain.

This one is a legend all of its own. Not just because it is a superb ultra-rare survivor. Go on to the Nissan Stanza Wiki page. This is the Stanza that is pictured.

The Nissan Stanza model has some historically important context. Nissan signified modernity with a number of other major modifications to its outdated models. Not least of these changes was to ditch the Datsun name.

Launched in 1982, the Stanza replaced the old 60’s designed Datsun 510. The Stanza was a thoroughly modern car which continued in various guises into the late 80’s cementing Nissan’s reputation for build quality, reliability and all-round great value.


  • First registered 27 September 1984
  • MOT’d every year since 2005 (except 2008)
  • New MOT to January 2024
  • Since 2005 this Stanza has travelled on average 1,100 miles a year
  • Looking at How Many left, this Stanza appears to be the last 1.8 SGL Auto on the road today.. a rare beast indeed


  • Five door Hatchback
  • 8 SGL model
  • Metallic Red Paint
  • Electric Sunroof
  • Period Alloy wheels

With a couple of exceptions, which we’ll forgive it, this Stanza is in remarkable condition, given its age. Yes, there are some odd rust blisters which can be expected from a 39 year old car! The exception to highlight is an area of lacquer peel on the nearside front wing.

If we were being picky we might also highlight the weathering to the front and rear bumpers and bumper trim. But let’s have a reality check. This is a very rare survivor. In context, our opinion is that this Stanza has aged wonderfully well.

The electric sunroof works. The brightwork, glass and trim are all generally in good condition. The alloy wheels have survived and were professionally restored last year.

Take a scroll through our Image Gallery and see for yourself.


  • Top of the range SGL trim
  • Velour seats
  • Original period features

The interior is striking. How on earth has this Stanza retained this extraordinary state?!

The dash fascia and clocks are all clear and legible. All the seats are as near as they can get to being pristine. The dual combination door cards have all retained their originality. The dashboard and switch gear are in all in good condition. One stalk is faded, but you’ll see that in the Gallery. The Stanza has the original cassette player and separate Nissan radio in place.

As if that wasn’t enough, in the rear window is the original selling dealer sticker and the Nissan foot mats are there too!

The vendor has helpfully removed the spare wheel to photograph that area to demonstrate how clean this car is. This Nissan Stanza certainly appears to have had careful ownership.


Nissan knew they had to up their game. They smashed-it with the Stanza.

  • 8 four cylinder engine
  • 90bhp
  • Three speed automatic gearbox

The suspension was independent all-round with MacPherson struts and coil springs front and rear. Lower track control arms were used at the front with modern trailing arms at the rear. The antiquated recirculating ball steering was replaced with a power rack-and-pinion set-up. For the first time there was a choice of three-speed automatic. The optional auto was a rare model. This says even more about this Stanza.

Here’s some info about the car from our vendor Neil:

Wind down windows and electric sunroof which works.   Next year it becomes historic so MOT & TAX exempt in 2024. The car passed it’s MOT this month.

The period existing wheels were professionally restored last year. It also has it’s spare wheel. Note the original cassette stereo and separate Nissan radio. Nissan foot mats remain.

The head gasket was replaced with a professional head skim last year, plus new water pump and of course the cam belt.”

Our view

With annual events such as the Festival of the Unexceptional, everyday, useable classics like the Nissan Stanza are becoming very sought after.

Moreover, we’ve seen a very clear upward only trend in the last two years – 80’s and 90’s Japanese cars. Without doubt these marques are outperforming the market.

To find a Nissan Stanza like this is quite an achievement and we are delighted to be marketing this car. For a number of reasons we have a strong sense there will be a lot of interest in this Stanza, not least because of the low reserve. Good luck.

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Vehicle Location: Warwick CV34 – it’s the responsibility of the winning bidder to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor.

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
s*********6 £2,500.00 2023-02-21 14:50:27
s*********6 £1,250.00 2023-02-19 22:32:15
g***********l £750.00 2023-02-14 17:30:24
r***********y £500.00 2023-01-31 22:19:11
Start auction £500.00 31/01/2023 12:00 AM


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