Alex Kersten profile picture Alex Kersten 8 years ago

'Luxury Restored' Is The Brilliant New Sequel To One Man's Hilarious Craigslist Ad For A Knackered Old Nissan

Remember the hilarious spoof advert for one man's knackered old Nissan Maxima? When Nissan saw it, they bought it. Now, they've restored it to its former glory!

Remind me later

Video #1 - Original Ad For One Man's Tired Maxima

Video #2 - The Maxima Is Restored To Its Former Glory

Here’s Nissan’s press release for a little bit of context:

Late last year, 1996 Maxima owner Luke Aker posted his car on Craigslist for the reasonable price of $1,400. To cut through the clutter, Aker created an outstanding one-minute film, presenting the “finer points” of his sedan. Clever camera work paired with a dramatic soundtrack made for an overnight viral success. Nissan saw the ad and quickly jumped at the chance to buy such a gem.

Shortly after taking possession of the car, Nissan placed the fate of the car in the hands of its social media following. The votes were tallied and the fans decided that a complete restoration was in order, as well as a prominent display at Nissan’s North American headquarters in Tennessee.

“This Craigslist ad was hilarious and incredibly well done, so we jumped at the opportunity to pick it up and have some fun with it,” said Erich Marx, Nissan Director of Interactive and Social Media Marketing. “Thanks to an overwhelming response from the online community, we decided to do a full restoration to the vehicle, ultimately resulting in this playful video.”

Aker worked with Nissan to create the new “Luxury Restored” video, which follows the original theme closely with dramatic shots and even a British narrator – which of course adds instant credibility to any advertisement. Like Aker’s Craigslist video, unique selling points are highlighted including “built-in navigation” (folding maps), “an all-new media entertainment center” (a tape deck) and “state-of-the art external lane-departure indicators” (turn signals). The video closes with the factory-fresh 1996 Maxima ready for its next, extraordinary adventure.

Anyone keen to see the world’s most notorious Nissan Maxima in the flesh can do so at the brand’s North American HQ.