1987 Nissan Pulsar Sportback: Cheap Shooting Brake

1987 Nissan Pulsar sportback

If you know anything about the history of Aston Martin, then you know what a shooting brake is. The image of loading the dogs into the back of your coach-built brake to head off on a pheasant hunt would make even the residents of Downton Abbey jealous. The price might shock them too though, especially in shooting brake form. The image of loading your dog into the back of this  1987 Nissan Pulsar Sportback and heading off to Wal-Mart to pick up some chicken may not sound as appealing, but it is a heck of a lot more attainable. Take a look at this unique car here on craigslist out of Idaho Falls, Idaho where the seller is asking just $2,995!

1987 Nissan Pulsar sportback 2

So, maybe my imagery was a little over the top there. This Nissan has nothing in common with a AM, but it does have it’s own special features that make it interesting. Power is provided by a 1.6 liter four-cylinder and shifting duties are handled by a five-speed manual transmission. Tire scorching thrills may not be part of the recipe, but wringing out a little engine and rowing through the gears yourself can still be entertaining. You might even get lucky and find out that this is a SE model with the peppier twin-cam engine…

Pulsar EXA Brochure

The real draw here for me though is that roof line! The standard NX had a hatch that could be lifted or removed entirely, so it only made sense to build one a little boxier to would allow some cargo capacity out back. Combine that with a t-top and you had yourself some transformable fun! I had never given these little cars much thought, but the novelty of that removable top makes me want this badly. Grab this $300 parts car while you are over picking up the Sportback and you will have a fun, economical, and unique driver for years to come! Now where did I put that shotgun…


  1. rjc

    Another cool car!
    I remeber these, always thought it was an innovative design.
    great finds guys. I like this new site!! :)

  2. Jeff Lavery

    Thanks RJC! We’re glad you’re here and will have plenty more to come – and send us any finds you may have!

    • jim s

      it would be nice to have the 5 minute countdown on our comments on this site also. what is the email address we use for sending in finds to this site?

      • Jeff Lavery

        Jim, thanks for the feedback. Here is the address for finds: mail@creditcardclassics.com

        You always spot great stuff, can’t wait to see what you dig up!

  3. jim s

    2 photos alone will not sell this but if close enough to view in person it might make a great driver. if the miles are correct this should have a lot of life left in it.

  4. Alan (Michigan)

    That really is kind of cool. I forgot all about this version of the Pulsar. Silly me envisions mo’ power, improved handling, etc. Then you have a street sleeper, and no one knows what the heck it is!

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