1987 Nissan Langley 1.6 GT : 7Tune.com

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1987 Nissan Langley 1.6 GT

The Langley story#8230;

Do you remember the Langley? It#8217;s a car that should be called a Pulsar, yet with a Skyline flavor (it was meant to be an imitation of the 7th Skyline, the R31) that has been described in catalogs as #8220;Skyline#8217;s MINI#8221;. If we take away the Sunny and the Pulsar from the 1986 to 1989 period, no other cars in the line up were able to be labeled as a best seller for Nissan at that time and it was a little strange that there happened to be a whole group of sedans (Sunny, Laurel, Pulsar Langley, Skyline) that were on sale at Nissan in the small/medium size sedan segment.

Nissan was famous in the 1980s for selling cars through multiple sales channels with different names for extending their sales system such as the Sunny shop, the Nissan shop, the Bluebird shop, the Prince shop, and the Cherry shop. Afterwards it was arranged that there should only be two sales channels #8216;Red stage#8217; and #8216;Blue stage#8217;, and even these two sales channels have been consolidated only just this year#8230; making just one sales channel although they retain the separate names. Most people never liked multiple sales channels from the same manufacturer as Toyota and Honda also had multiple sales channels selling cars; the landscape was inundated with differently named car showrooms in those days.

The Langley GT (the model most sought after in the Pulsar range) came as a sedan and hatchback with various paint options including black two-tone color schemes which went against stark white which was so popular at the time. Back then, I suppose you could say that the Langley was a #8216;poor mans Skyline#8217;. One question which might enter the mind of a buyer upon seeing a Langley GT in the used car lot would be #8221;Shouldn#8217;t I buy a Skyline instead?#8221; At the time there was a low-priced version of the R32 Skyline, a 1.8L sedan which was almost the same price as the Langley GT, so one might also ask #8220;Why would Nissan blur the lines between models in such a way?#8221; It#8217;s clear that Nissan were trying to resuscitate low sales during the mid to late 80s by offering what were known as #8216;heart beat vehicles#8217;#8230; cars which appealed to the heart, such as low volume Reebok and Nismo models.

Nissan Langley

Still, it was usual for a family of 5 to buy the entry level 1.5L Nissan Pulsar sedan over the Langley GT, so the likelihood of seeing them on the street nowadays is very low indeed. One might chuckle upon seeing ex-F1 driver Aguri Suzuki posing next to the Langley in Nissan#8217;s sales brochure and TV commercials, which in my mind was the pinnacle of 1980s advertising #8211; to sell to the heart, not the head.

Ever wonder why the Langley was discontinued? Heres why:

#8220;Tsutomu Miyazaki#8217;s car#8221;, a Nissan Langley, was used in the rape and murder of young Japanese girls in 1989, and gave rise to the negative views held by the general Japanese population against so called #8216;OTAKU#8217; or #8216;geeks#8217;. Read about this monster HERE

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