2000 Nissan Micra Mystique X159 DGU

The Nissan Micra K11 is a legendary machine and a true car of the people, but the examples painted in this ChromaFlair paint are an oddity to really be celebrated.

Just prior to the millennium, Nissan decided to offer a luxurious version of its popular supermini with ChromaFlair paintwork through a limited-edition model called the Mystique.

First seen on a limited-edition version of the Nissan Primera GT in 1998, ChromaFlair paint changes colour depending on your viewing angle. This ‘flip paint’ means the Micra Mystique goes from an orange-ish gold to a vibrant purple colour depending on where you stand.

Nissan Micra Mystique with ChromoFlair paint
The original press photo of Nissan’s Micra Mystique complete with wild ChromaFlair paint finish.

Similar paint became hugely popular amongst tuning circles and was frequently used on TVR cars.

The major downside to this paint was the fact it was obscenely expensive and an absolute nightmare for those in bodyshops. Unless a damaged panel was painted perfectly to match the rest of the car it would simply stand out like a sore thumb.

It’s therefore a safe assumption that rough and ready X159 DGU has had little to no paintwork in its time. Delving into the car’s MOT history, it looks like this Micra has recently been rescued from a long period of inactivity. An MOT test in July of last year – its first since 2014 – seems to indicate that this car is likely pretty rotten underneath.

Let’s hope a few hours with a welder can bring this gleaming weirdo back to the roads sometime soon.

  • 2000 Nissan Micra Mystique X159 DGU side
  • 2000 Nissan Micra Mystique X159 DGU side
  • 2000 Nissan Micra Mystique X159 DGU front
Registration Number:X159 DGU
Make:Nissan
Model:Micra Mystique
First registered (UK):1 September 2000
Location:Bristol

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Oli Woodman

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