The little bee: Nissan Be-1
No, we’re kidding; it’s not a bee 🐝, nor a Mini car. It’s a tiny Nissan born in the ’80s, a classic but very limited car signed by the Japanese constructor.
Actually, “Be-1” is one of the four limited-edition pike cars Nissan offered in Japan in the late 1980s and early ’90s – Pao, S-Cargo, Be-1, and Figaro. The meaning of the word “pike” was “edgy”, and pike cars were extremely unique cars that were produced in limited quantity.
The model was exhibited during the 26th Tokyo Motor Show in 1985, and aspired to be a “Coziness-oriented Car.” Honestly, the car might look tiny on the outside, but the interior’s design and simplicity truly make the car more appealing!
All Pike vehicles were based upon the contemporary Nissan Micra k10, allowing the engineers to work on the bodies and ensure interiors to be suitably retro and stylish! The little bee was powered by a 987cc engine and paired with a 3-speed AT transmission, and weighed only 700 kg!
When the model was rolled out with a stock limit of 10,000 in January 1987, more than 10,000 orders were made, and buyers were decided by lottery. Now that’s what we call exclusive!