Cohort Outtake: 1988 Nissan Maxima – Culture Clash


When first introduced to the U.S. market, the then-Datsun Maxima sought to offer a balance between fun-to-drive handling and traditional comfort in a midsize premium sedan. As the 1980s progressed, Nissan began refocusing the Maxima as a higher-tech, sportier offering, while still retaining its comfort features, such as available button-tufted velour or leather seats. This particular example however, appears lost between two worlds.


I don’t know the exact year (composite headlights peg it as an ’87 or ’88), but the bottom is all four-door sports car while the greenhouse is decidedly Brougham. Clearly aftermarket, the canvas top with C-pillar opera light and window air deflectors look like they belong on a Cutlass Ciera, and not a Maxima. They totally clash with the white wheels and body kit (which appear to be factory, or if not are a very good aftermarket job) spoiler, and blacked-out grille. I’m just totally perplexed here. If only this was one of those 1984 Maximas that was double-badged as both a Datsun and Nissan.

Cohort images by CJCZ92

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