Excitement thrummed through the crowd around the Nissan booth at the 1985 Tokyo motor show.
As the throng pressed close, you could hear two phrases: kawaii —“cute,” and hoshii—“I want it.” Nearby, a state-of-the-art, mid-engine sports-car concept called the MID4 sat overlooked. Instead, people had fallen in love with a 51-hp compact.
This story originally appeared in Volume 3 of Road & Track.
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