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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