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Spotted in China: fourth generation Nissan Patrol in green

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An extremely beautiful and extremely brute fourth generation Nissan Patrol, born in a time when cars were still men! I met this fine green example in a faraway suburb in east Beijing, where it was parked on a barred field.

The great vehicle was in perfect condition. Paint as good as new, chrome is still shiny, and all the typical 1990-Japan stickers are still intact, including the brilliant FUEL INJECTION emblem on the front doors. The suspension was slightly heightened for more ground clearance.

Coincidentally, reader Chiprdan met a wine red fourth generation Petrol in Shanghai at almost the same time.

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Flashy six-spoke alloys were standard on the top-spec variants. Check rear window, from top: black plastic, green paint, gold sticker, gray sticker, and green paint again. What a diversity!

The fourth generation ‘Y60′ Nissan Patrol was made from 1987 until 1997. It was never officially exported to China but some cars arrived via gray channels, usually bought by state-owned oil companies for exploration. These days most have ended up on the private market.

FUEL INJECTION refers to the big ‘n bad 4.2 liter Nissan TB straight-six petrol engine, which featured electronic fuel injection and electric ignition. Output was 173hp and 320nm.

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The area is called ‘Dongba’, to the east of the 5th Ring Road. The area used to be rather agricultural with a few small factories shattered around the farming villages. No more. The villages are crushed and destroyed as I write these very words, to be replaced by new high-rises for Beijing’s emerging middle class. An area in transition, still a bit wild and untamed. An area, for the Y60 Petrol!

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