Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sportbakless: 1988 Nissan Pulsar NX-Camino

Back in the 1980s if you wanted a car that could transform from a coupe to a convertible to shooting brake to a pickup there was only one place to go -- your local Nissan dealer.  The second generation Nissan Pulsar NX (known as the EXA in Japan) was produced from 1986 through 1990 with a unique changeable rear canopy and the coolest set of taillights on the road.  Find this 1988 Nissan Pulsar NX-Camino here on eBay bidding for $370 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in La Habra, CA.  Tip from Brian.

The seller admits that he built this creation in his garage, and while I don't want to discourage these sort of creations, it is interesting to point out that the Pulsar needed little help to become an El Camino. These things come with a removable rear section from the factory, so the sawzall work was limited.



The engineers at Nissan were not content with a simple set of t-tops, they took the convertible roof concept to an extreme with a removable rear section that allowed you to work with a coupe styled rear or a shooting brake canopy, or totally nekkid if you were into that kind of thing.


It appears the builder of this Pulsar NX added a pickup truck style rear window and removed the entire rear canopy/roof section with quarter windows and flying buttress.  It isn't like the Pulsar was some kind of paradigm of structural rigidity when it was new, so I doubt the driving experience is at all compromised, except now you can haul a mattress or a fridge.


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7 comments:

  1. Good luck fitting a mattress or a fridge. Why aren't any auto manufacturers making interesting vehicles like this anymore? I can't think of any cars in production today that have the ability to transform into different variations. I would bet that something like this today would appeal to the younger crowd. The Scion brand could probably pull it off.

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  2. The real bummer would be loading the fridge over the non-existent tailgate.

    Something like this would be great if you could add back seats and make it a 4 seater or camper in the back. Something a bit longer maybe.

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    1. Sounds like you're thinking along the lines of a Subaru Brat or a first generation Toyota 4Runner. I wish both were still selling new.

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  3. Cool car, but someone needs to intervene with the realtor lawn sign stealing addiction.

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  4. Love the zip-ties doubling as hinges for the storage bins behind the front seats. Ingenuity at its mediocre!

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  5. "Ingenuity at its mediocre" made my day.

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  6. I feel like I've seen this before somewhere... :-P

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