Ready to Enjoy: 50k-Mile 1995 Nissan Hardbody 4X4 Extended Cab 5-Speed

  • February 25, 2021
The Rundown
  • Top-of-the-Line Hardbody
  • Only 50k Miles of Use
  • Desirable 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Adult Ownership w/ No Pets or Smokers
  • Clean, Attractive Condition
  • Includes Fiberglass Topper
Why We Like It

Having built pickup-style trucks since the Type 13 of 1934, Nissan entered the American light-duty truck market with its 521 model in 1968. Steadily updated and improved in keeping with American tastes and needs, Nissan’s pickups reached a new peak by mid-1986 with its new D21 series “Hardbody” models. Named in recognition of their double-wall cargo beds and rugged, purposeful styling, these pickups were manufactured in two basic body styles: the Japanese-designed “A” body in single and dual-cab versions, plus the “S” body King Cab designed at Nissan’s styling studios in San Diego, California. Both feature different frontal shaping, with North American models utilizing a different hood and wider, flared front fenders, and both Standard and King Cab versions available. Success was strong, with the Hardbody line quickly earning respect for its durability. Both 4-cylinder and V6 engines were available, and Nissan’s renowned 4x4 drivetrains provide the ability to traverse tough terrain. D21 Hardbodys were produced until the advent of their D22 successors in 1997.

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Valuation Verdict

Nissan’s pickups of the ‘80s and ‘90s solidified the marque’s reputation for reliability and quality construction in this lucrative and competitive market. Surprisingly, few of these very desirable Hardbodys are found offered online compared to their Japanese brethren, Toyota, but Bring a Trailer has sold a few higher mileage examples in the $10k-$15k range over the past few years. Our subject is a high-spec example that looks very nice all around and we have to consider it very well bought at or around the seller’s affordable asking price.

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