The mini-truck craze may have run out of steam in the late 1990s, but at least one customizer is keeping the trend alive with this wild 1987 Nissan Hardbody pickup featured in sister magazine Lowrider. With a chopped roof, radical paint and pinstriping job, and a fully custom upholstered interior and bed, this Nissan pickup hardly resembles the truck its owner began with.
In true lowrider fashion, the Nissan, owned by Orange, Calif. native Ernie Gonzalez, rides on 13-inch gold-plated wire wheels and is raised or dropped to the ground by a two-pump hydraulic suspension system. One of the Nissan truck's most distinguishing features is its chopped roof, which combines the cab and bed into a sea of purple crushed velvet. The front bucket seats have been replaced with swiveling units, while a rear love seat occupies the bed.
The exterior features intricate pinstriping over a metallic candy black/purple finish, which also features airbrush work depicting scenes of Mardi Gras and Las Vegas showgirls. Under the hood is an airbrushed mural and a completely stock 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
If you're a fan of the mini-truck and lowrider style, head over to Lowrider to read the full story (some photos may not be completely safe for work).