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 Post subject: Only $600 for this one
PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:51 am 

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Location: KC,KS
1982 Datsun 200SX Conv by American Custom Coachworks.

1982 Datsun 200 SX convertible, runs and drives good, ready to restore, needs top, top has been taken
off, 4 cylinder, 4 speed, 150830 miles, $600 OBO. For more information call 618-785-2554. email: edna_desroches(at)yahoo.com
Location: • Baldwin, IL, near St Louis

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/1684078883.html[/img][/url]


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:44 pm 

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Location: Narangba, Brisbane
I'm surprised no-one's mentioned the pulsar nx/exa convertible.

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Nissan Japan sent 100 carby exas to ASC in america, where they undertook the conversion, they shipped them back to japan, then chose the 100 lucky owners via ballot.

I've owned two of them, the first was a Jap import in New Zealand that I brought with me to Australia, the second I bought as a complianced private Jap Import here in Australia. I sold both of them to an enthusiast I know here in Brisbane.

Name: Nissan N12 Pulsar NX EXA Convertible
Year range: 1985
Quantity: 100 units
Features: Convertible, red duco, red pulsar nx interior, E15S motor, power steering, special badging, twin interior vanity mirrors.
Info: It was designed to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Nissan Cherry dealerships. It was launched in May, 1985, and just 100 vehicles were made available for the whole of Japan. The vehicle sports numerous special accessories, including a soft top made from a special insulating material to keep out the rain and heat, and a rear window made from organic glass to ensure high visibility. Nissan sent the cars over to california to be converted. It is believed that ASC (American Special Cars - http://www.ascglobal.com/) did the conversion. They have done all of Nissan's other special convertibles and have been doing conversions since the 60's. Unfortunately they won't reply to my emails requesting more info.
Interesting facts: Nissan has one in their historical museum.
Because there were so few of these cars available, Nissan decided that the best way to decide who would reveive the honour of owning one was to make it so that in order to buy one of these new, you had to enter your name in a draw, if your name was pulled then there would be a car available for you to buy.

I have scoured the internet for facts, information and photos.
The best way to do this I have found is to use the Japanese name of the car and search on www.google.jp.

The Japanese name is: パルサー エクサ コンバーチブル
Search link: http://www.google.co.jp/search?q=%E3%83 ... art=0&sa=N

Registry: These are the details of any of the 100 convertibles that can be located. It's in chassis number order where possible.

Japanese vert - HN120-199133 - Found here: http://enthuno-mori.at-server.com/nissa ... 713nissan/
Pics: http://members.iinet.net.au/~joel_amy/J ... VERT%2001/

Brisbane owned vert - Chassis no: HN12-199195 (modified)
Pics:http://members.iinet.net.au/~joel_amy/Joel/Images/Cars/Vert/

Brisbane owned vert - Chassis no: HN12-199254
Pics:

Japanese vert - Super low mileage - stored for 20 years! - Found here: http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/325 ... photo.aspx
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/325 ... photo.aspx
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/325 ... photo.aspx
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/325 ... photo.aspx
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/325 ... photo.aspx
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/325 ... photo.aspx
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/325 ... photo.aspx
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/325 ... photo.aspx
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/325 ... photo.aspx
http://kaminari69.com/jp/bbs.html
http://www.rs-watanabe.co.jp/userspage/onodera-hn12.htm
Pics: http://members.iinet.net.au/~joel_amy/J ... VERT%2002/

Japanese vert - Found here: http://maik.blog.ocn.ne.jp/iina/2006/11/post_52a0.html
Pics: http://members.iinet.net.au/~joel_amy/J ... VERT%2003/

Nissan Heritage Museum Vert - Found here: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/crystalharmony ... 44538.html
http://nissan-heritage-collection.com/S ... 3=&page=19
http://nissan-heritage-collection.com/D ... php?id=105
Pics: http://members.iinet.net.au/~joel_amy/J ... %20MUSEUM/


Media:
Car review by two Japanese women in 1985:
http://members.iinet.net.au/~joel_amy/J ... REVIEW.avi
This can also be found on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=116T8Vapar8

Specifications from the Nissan Heritage Museum website
http://nissan-heritage-collection.com/D ... php?id=105

Model year 1985
Model HN12 Kai -
Overall Length 4,125mm
Width 1,620mm
Height 1,340mm
Wheelbase 2,415mm
Tread (Front / Rear) 1,395/1,385mm
Vehicle weight 905kg
Engine E15S(Direct 4・OHC) 1,487cc
Maximum output 63kW(85ps)/5,600rpm
Maximum torque 121N・m(12.3kgm)/3,600rpm
Suspension (Front / Rear) strut / trailing arm ring
Brakes (Front / Rear) disc / drum
Tyre 165/70SR13

I FOUND THIS BLOG:
http://carrara.exblog.jp/9961633/

turns out Nissan isn't the only one with a vert in their museum.
there is also what looks like a private museum located in the Ishikawa Prefecture

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:49 pm 

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How about the "Honda City Turbo II Cabrilolet"?

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 Post subject: Re: 1982 Mazda RX-7 convertiible by Pacific Avatar
PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:13 pm 
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slimwhitman wrote:
Here is an interesting widebody version of the convertible RX-7 by Pacific Avatar. This could also be ordered with a normal body (not widebody).

http://www.carpictures.com/vehicle/09LPJ563514332.html
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mazda-RX-7-gxl-CUSTOM-CLASSIC-MAZDA-RX-7-WIDEBODY-CONVERTIBLE_W0QQitemZ150399083706QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?hash=item23047be4ba

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The fenders are from http://www.mariahmotorsports.com/.
I have the same on my car but mine has the roof still there!
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 Post subject: A few recently found convertibles...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:20 am 

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A '82 Datsun 200SX build by ACC. This car is a movie star.

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'87 CRX. I could not get a reply from this seller.
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An '82 Corolla by ACC.

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Plus a couple Prelude convertibles. By the way, don't believe the info on the wiki link they provided. It is a bit incorrect. You can tell these two Prelude conversions are by different companies by the rear window design.

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 Post subject: '80 Celica by Grandeur
PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:05 am 

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This is a really nice car:
http://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/2122154674.html

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:58 pm 
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Thanks for the info on those Pulsar convertibles, Burabudo! Not a whole lot out there on those cars to begin with. The one you posted, with the Longchamps, looks awesome. :tu:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:50 pm 

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Thanks :)
That's my old car :P

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 Post subject: Re: Coach Convertibles from 77-87 (Toyota,Datsun,Mazda,Honda
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:53 am 

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I found these recently. There are lots of interesting conversions on ebay and c-list right now.
A 1980 Celica convertible by American Custom Coachworks
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A Straman built '87 CRX
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 Post subject: Re: WHO MADE THE CONVERTIBLES???!!!!!
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:13 pm 

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gus wrote:
Well,
Grandeur Motors made MY convertible, but I have not found out how many they made for each year or total, and I THINK they did not start any production until 1980 as I have not seen one made earlier!
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Can you post a photo of your car? Is your car an '80 MY? Grandeur did a nice conversion. They decided that the back seat would be too small to keep, so they turned it into a 2-seater. It is a very distinctive design compared to all the other Celica convertible conversions. My guess it that about 50-75 were built from 1980-81. I have not seen any '79 Celica conversions from any company, though the Grandeur Celica brochure shows a '79 Celica....probably just the 1st engineering prototype.


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 Post subject: Re: Coach Convertibles from 77-87 (Toyota,Datsun,Mazda,Honda
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:38 pm 

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gus wrote:
no the "MY" was meaning "mine"
but mine IS the 2 seater version (no back seat) think it might have been called a SLP
or something like that, Mine has a fiberglass and metal piece that has 6 speakers, CD/stereo and interior light to kinda block it off the cabin from where the rear seat goes...and the top fits into

Oh and the picture I posted IS mine,
but I did add the Supra nose to it (am working out the mounting issues now)
I dont want to have to cut and mess up the original front end,
hopefully I can convert back later if I need to!

I am about 90% done with it, paint is coming soon (I hope)
and then the final touches of putting it back together!
if you have more questions, I am glad to help if I can!
lmk
thanks


Thanks for the reply. I just looked back and the "for sale" photos were on page 4 of this thread. Great car. Please post photos when you are complete and be sure to show us your behind-the-seat area. It is always interesting to see how companies "finished" off that area.

By the way, here is a Grandeur Celica with a back seat:
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 Post subject: Re: Coach Convertibles from 77-87 (Toyota,Datsun,Mazda,Honda
PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:23 pm 
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With all the Sunchaser Celicas & Corollas, no one mentioned Modern Motors in Torrance, CA who made a handful of convertible AW11 MKI MR2s from 86-87.

Here's a link to an article:
http://www.mr2ownersclub.com/mk1convertible/

A few of them have been found in a junkyards in CA as well but don't want to try to search over on mr2oc to find them.

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 Post subject: Re: Coach Convertibles from 77-87 (Toyota,Datsun,Mazda,Honda
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:14 am 

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darthripley wrote:

Nice find. Thanks for posting.


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 Post subject: Re: Coach Convertibles from 77-87 (Toyota,Datsun,Mazda,Honda
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:42 am 

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Sunchaser also did 300 convertible Mitsubishi Scorpions (what you guys know as the Plymouth/Mitsubishi Sapporo/2nd-gen Dodge Challenger)

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 Post subject: Re: Coach Convertibles from 77-87 (Toyota,Datsun,Mazda,Honda
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:37 am 

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Here is an '81 Honda Prelude by National Coach in North Vancouver
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1981-Hon ... 2c5df6d8d4

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 Post subject: Re: Coach Convertibles from 77-87 (Toyota,Datsun,Mazda,Honda
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:39 am 

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A 1984 Nissan 300ZX Turbo by Straman
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Nissan-3 ... 593b#v4-44

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 Post subject: Re: Coach Convertibles from 77-87 (Toyota,Datsun,Mazda,Honda
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:35 pm 
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Saw this while on youtube. Apologies if it has been posted here previously.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmcVJvXc ... re=related


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 Post subject: Re: Coach Convertibles from 77-87 (Toyota,Datsun,Mazda,Honda
PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:20 pm 

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i actually just ran across a cherry little 82 rolla sr5 Griffith ed. 5speed for sale for 1100, its got some carb problems but it starts and drives around. I was just looking up some stuff on them cause i had never heard of these conversions models until now. The conversion seems pretty legit ill have some pics posted of it to show yall soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Coach Convertibles from 77-87 (Toyota,Datsun,Mazda,Honda
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:05 pm 

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I have a 1981 Celica convertible by Sparlingco that I am trying to learn a little about. I know it was purchased new somewhere in Southern California. Does anyone know anything about Sparlingco? I tried to look up the company, but all I could find was that it might have become US Coachworks. I tried looking up US Coachworks, but none of the places I found were in California like Sparlingco. Anyway, I was hoping I could find out what dealership it was made for, but I'd at least like to find out how many '81 Celica convertibles Sparlingco made. Honestly, I'd love to know an estimation of how many '81 Celica convertibles were made period. Also I have what I guess you might call a flyer, from Sparlingco. It says "Toyota Celica Convertible by Sparligco"with a couple of pictures on the front. It has a box on the back that says "Authorized Dealer." It is signed in pen, and it looks like it might say Samuel Hauser. I figure So. Cal. had a lot of dealerships in '81, so the name probably doesn't tell anyone here anything, but I thought I'd throw that information in on a long shot!

Any information that anyone would like to share would be appreciated. We are thinking of selling it, and I'd like to know more about it first. It's a pretty little car!


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 Post subject: Re: Coach Convertibles from 77-87 (Toyota,Datsun,Mazda,Honda
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:28 pm 

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A few recent finds:

'87 Toyota MR2 by Modern Motors (currently on ebay)
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’82 RX7 by unknown
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’81 Celica by American Custom Coachworks
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’80 Celica by Grandeur
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A pair of matching ’83 Corollas. One is by ACC, but the other is unknown.
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