The popularity of restomods has skyrocketed in recent years, both when it comes to OEM-sanctioned models and companies like Singer who are essentially creating new cars. Nissan has debuted a new restomod program in Japan for one of the unlikeliest cars — the Nissan Cube.
Specifically, the new “Cube Retro Renovation” program is for the second-generation model, which preceded the Cube we got in the U.S. from 2009 to 2014. The second-gen Cube was sold in Japan between 2002 and 2008, and compared to the earlier Cube it featured much more unique styling that better fit the name. It was a marvel of space efficiency (there was even a three-row version), and the Cube’s asymmetrical design was endearing and still looks fresh two decades on.
Nissan is currently just testing the waters to see what demand is like, as just 20 examples of the Cube Retro Renovation will be available through its Nara Nissan dealer partners. The Cubes just got listed for sale yesterday, and currently only four are available on the website. These restomod packages are pretty pricey — on top of the donor car, the Refresh packs range from around $500 to $2,700 while the Custom ones cost $720 to $5,000. But I think it’s a really clever way to keep beloved older cars on the road for longer, especially as the cost of new cars continues to rise. Maybe in the future Nissan will start offering mechanical upgrades, too. A second-gen Cube with an EV conversion would be pretty rad.
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