Brooks's Cars


 1992 Nissan 100NX Coupe

I was looking for a new car, for my partner, so I was looking out for an easy to drive, practical, sports car. It had to be lively and cheap to run. Plus it had to cost less than £7000 (in 1995). I ruled out MX-5's and MR2's on price and practicality. I ruled out Rover Coupes and Vauxhall Tigras on price. The Nissan 200ZX was out because they were too old and expensive to insure.

A car had caught my eye, some time ago, it was always advertised in women's magazines and was obviously aimed at women. It was the Nissan 100NX. It had a 1.6 litre 16 value DOHC engine, PAS, electric windows and mirrors, a Blaupunkt stereo and, best of all, a targe roof which could be removed. It had rear seats and a large hatchback, which proved big enough to fit a bicycle in.

The engine looked disappointing on paper (95bhp, 0-60 in 10 sec.) but, it turned out to be very spritely and light to drive. I fitted some 195/50 R15 tyres to the car which improved the handling. The T-bar roof was easy to use and great when the sun shone. Plus it had the advantage of being solid so you felt safe parking it in the street.

We took the car to Jersey for a holiday and it was perfect for the job. The motorway drive down was very comfortable and quiet and we got 40mpg. On the island we took the roof out to get the sunshine and the size of the car was great for the island's narrow lanes. A very enjoyable driving experience.

The car did about 32mpg, urban, and 40mpg on a run.

Nissan 100NX: You can't knock it for the money!

1996 Nissan 100NX Coupe Pacific


After 3 years driving the Triumph Herald, I thought I'd have another car. I started looking at Toyota Celicas and Honda Preludes. I missed a very nice VW Corrado VR6 in Huddersfield. I fancied a Volvo C70 or a Saab 93 convertible. But I ended up spending a lot less money on a 1996 Nissan 100NX Pacific.

I probably should have bought the Toyota Celica, if only because I've not owned a Toyota but, I've had a 100NX before and they are a very pleasant car to drive. Plus I'd still got the big alloys from the last one, in the garage, so it gave me a chance to use them again.

This model was one of the last ones made, they only made them between 1990 and 1996 and only sold 5000. It comes with a 1.6 16V twin cam fuel injected engine developing 105bhp. The car feels fast enough and it will do 40mpg. It has PAS, electric windows and mirrors, front and rear fogs, and the T-bar roof of course.

This cars has a bit of a cult following, have a look at