Interesting, Just Not To Drive: 1988 Nissan Pulsar NX

Back in 1987, Nissan restyled their wedgy Sentra-based Pulsar coupe, rounding out corners and adding body color trim. But that was not the most interesting feature of the restyle – Nissan snipped out the roof and the rear window and trunk lid, replacing them with T-tops and a hatch. But wait, there’s more – the hatch could be replaced with a squared-off wagon lid! As they boasted in their brochure pictures, you could have the following: a closed or open coupe, a closed or open wagon, or a nearly full convertible with a roll cage. Some sources also say there was a turbo option. Twenty-six years later, not many of these economical, multi-functional cars have survived, but this 1988 Nissan Pulsar NX is for sale in San Rafael, CA for $2400.

1988 Nissan Pulsar right front

The only competitor that came remotely close was the Geosuzu Stormpulse below, which could be had in fastback and two-door wagon (shooting brake?) configuration, but not in the same car. And yes, this one doesn’t have the cool Sportbak, but you can still pull the t-tops and hatch. The seller offers only one picture, and few details, other than it runs very well. But most importantly, unlike most survivor economy cars, this one has both low miles (only 62,000) and a manual transmission. So pick this up, and then start your online/junkyard search for the wagon option, and perhaps a turbo engine.

1991 Isuzu Impulse Wagon

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One Response to “Interesting, Just Not To Drive: 1988 Nissan Pulsar NX”

  1. steve in podunk Says:

    I bought one of these once at a dealer auction in 97. It was an automatic and it drove fine in 1st and 2nd gear (which is about all you can achieve in a crowded parking lot)but I discovered to my chagrin that it would stop dead when it hit 3rd. I had very hard time finding a good used replacement. It was a fairly decent car once I got it fixed.

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