1995 Nissan Pulsar GTI
Pending Sale: $6,995
**** This vehicle is being sold as a running and driving project. It has failed Virginia State Safety Inspection for non-functional climate control and worn brake pads. This Pulsar will be sold with a written rejection disclosure and must be transported off the premises.
Here in the states, Nissan is well known for making some pretty successful FWD track weapons, like the Sentra SE-R and NX2000. In Japan Nissan's N15 Pulsar was a well-kept secret, becoming a sneaky backroad contender to the legendary Type R, AE111, and the FTO. The three-door configuration prioritized weight savings over displacement, leading to a surprisingly well-balanced combo. This purpose-built 1995 Pulsar GTi is offered with only 61k verified and documented miles. The body panels show well aside from the typical scuffs and chips associated with 27 years of spirited daily use, and we also wanted to note a mismatch in the corner lenses. Its Platinum Ice (KG1) paint is in fantastic shape with no real blemishes to make note of and the factory aero helps add an aggressive look to this undomesticated hot hatch. This feather-light four-banger is perfectly suited for track use or weekends at your local autocross and is definitely a good candidate for anyone looking for a budget-friendly Japanese Classic.
While this hot hatch wasn't what you would call luxurious out of the gate, it most certainly can't be called that now. Completely gutted and stripped, this car was clearly modified for a purpose. The Safety 21 cage offers some serious protection, but also some added chassis rigidity. Despite the size of the cage, it's surprisingly unobtrusive. Since this one mounts through the dash as opposed to around it, you have plenty of space to slink down into the blue bucket. Mounted via a bride slide mount it's easy to find the right spot for any driver. The Sabelt 4-point harness makes sure you stay put regardless of the road condition. While the seat is in overall great shape it does have some sun fading, which in turn has resulted in the outline of the harness being left in the cloth which you can spot in the photos. While the center console has been stripped of nearly all climate control components they did leave the other power accessories. The power windows, mirrors, and locks do all still work so that at least makes the driving experience a bit more enjoyable. The door cards are in great shape, even around the areas where the dash was modified to accommodate the roll cage. Normally with Nissans, we assume to see some peeling or cracking so it's refreshing not to have that issue here. The suede 3-spoke wheel fits the vibe of the car nicely and looks right at home in a properly tracked prepped setup like this, although the horn button is no longer available. Overall the cabin certainly achieves what it was set out to do, and is a perfect cockpit for anyone looking to fly solo on a weekend backroad jaunt or track day!
Under the hood is Nissan's robust naturally aspirated 1.8L SR18DE. While it may not be the most potent motor to come out of the Nissan factory it still makes a respectable 123hp/115tq. Its FWD setup is designed to reduce the amount of drivetrain loss to make the most of its power. The manual gearbox is very direct and easy to row through. The clutch is surprisingly light and extremely manageable during high performance driving. While these handle well from the factory, a purpose built machine such as this certainly benefits from a bit of upgrading, and Tein coilovers both reduce the ride height and eliminate body roll. A set of lightweight Longchamp XR-V wheels reduce rolling mass and look pretty slick on the N15. The Pulsar chassis is a unique choice, and a true dark horse in the front-drive hot hatch spectrum. Although relatively uncommon, these are immensely capable machines, and this one has ultra-low miles with plenty of life left for the road or track ahead!
California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.