NISSAN PATROL GQ 1990 MODEL
ALMOST AS GOOD AS THE HILUX
Back in the 1980s, the best vehicle for true off-road work in Australia was the Range Rover. The problem for the Japanese contenders was that until then they were still crude trucks with clunky chassis, leaf springs and breathless engines. Not only could the Range Rover potentially go further into the bush, it didn't hammer its occupants in the process.
But all that changed in the late 1980s. Nissan struck first with its original coil-sprung GQ Patrol, and suddenly full-sized Japanese off-roaders had caught up. It's no surprise that the Patrol was so well suited to Australian conditions; Nissan really paid attention because in the early and mid '90s, Australia was the second-largest market for Nissan Patrols worldwide.