I tried to restore a 1988 Nissan Pulsar NX SE (best year for them too IMO--1988 had the highest compression ratio in the engine for the N13 series), didn't get too far so I sold it off. Couple years later I told a coworker the whole story and he said it was a girl's car--his wife had one when she was in college. Makes sense based on what millerm277 said; small, sporty, not blisteringly fast though. And it had those funky slotted 80's style taillights.
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Loved it though, what little time I had with it. Such clever engineering on Nissan's part.