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Nissan Leopard

  • 12-05-2011 11:36pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 11,318 ✭✭✭✭


    Can anyone explain this? It's a low '88 Dublin registration, so it looks like it was registered here new, but I think these were Jap only? Iv never seen one or even heard of it untill I was told about this one. V6 automatic, and as bland as you can get. Anyone recognise it from years gone?
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    I know it's a bit new, but it's a real oddity!


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,096 ✭✭✭johnos1984


    That needs saving either way:cool:
    Going on the shape of the rear number plate I reckon its a JDM car


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,318 ✭✭✭✭carchaeologist


    Wiki says is a Leopard F31..
    The F31 Leopard appeared in February 1986 and was only available as a luxury GT coupé. In the US, 5000 Leopards were imported and 2500 of those were converted to convertibles by ASC. In the USA, the F31 was called the Infiniti M30. It was Infiniti's first-ever coupe, as well as the only convertible offered by Infiniti at the time. This vehicle shared a platform with the Nissan skyline R31, and the Nissan Lauel C32to share development costs.

    The F30 and F31 Leopards were direct competitors to the Toyot soarer. Whereas the Soarer had the 1G-GTE twin-turbo 2L straight six, the similar-looking Leopard coupé came with the options of a VG30DET, VG30DE, VG20DET (post 1988), VG20ET (prior to 1988), and VG20E. Early 2.0 turbo versions had the single-cam (per bank) VG20ET, but from August 1988, the quad cam version appeared, the body was also face lifted at this time. Available in top spec form was the 3 litre VG30DET engine which produced 190 kW/255 hp. Only the VG20ET and VG20DET engines had an intercooler.

    Compared to the Soarer, the Leopard was somewhat more angular, but with neater detailing around the windows. The windows were also flush, without the strange proportions of the Soarer's glass.
    The VG20 V6 produces surprisingly good torque in turbo form, and is generally quite a reliable unit.

    The Leopard F31 had no factory options, but dealers offered the addition of a cellular phone and a CD player/changer. Like the Skyline and 300ZX, the Leopard coupe was a front engine RWD vehicle. The RE4R01A 4 speed auto with electronic overdrive was used as well as a 5 speed manual transmission, that wasn't available on the USA-spec infiniti M30. The differential was a Nissan R200-type open differential.

    The Leopard F31 was equipped with the Sonar Suspension II system that was also installed on other Nissan vehicles at the time, which featured a sonar module mounted under the front bumper that scanned the road surface and adjusted the suspension accordingly via actuators mounted on the strut towers. There was also a switch on the center console that allowed the driver to change between "Sport" and "Comfort" settings—essentially "firm" and "soft", respectively.

    The Leopard F31's production run lasted for 7 years, ending in 1992 due to lagging sales. Nobody knows exactly how many models were produced, but it has been said that just over 5000 were made, half coupes, half convertibles for the USA market.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,309 ✭✭✭VolvoMan


    I'd say it's definitely a JDM car that was registered over here new.

    Interesting all the same.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,318 ✭✭✭✭carchaeologist


    johnos1984 wrote: »
    Going on the shape of the rear number plate I reckon its a JDM car
    It is, but the low 1988 Dublin registration suggests it was brand new when registered here, unless im missing something? Must be a story behind this one.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,096 ✭✭✭johnos1984


    It is, but the low 1988 Dublin registration suggests it was brand new when registered here, unless im missing something?
    Possibly imported as a pre registered (in japan) used model?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,407 ✭✭✭G Luxel


    I saw an even older Leopard. It was green with wing mirrors. The reg was OSI 2. Last saw it around the early 90s. It was much angular than the car in the pic. It deserved to be saved too. I would agree that the numberplate is original. I also remember an 89 D 495 Nissan Maxima which was also a Japanese import (JDM).


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,191 ✭✭✭_Conrad_


    Know very little about that, but i love it! Digitan dash?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,102 ✭✭✭✭Drummerboy08


    It's possible that the distributor for Nissan at the time imported it as a once off.

    Nissan Ireland today have a Fuga, which isn't available in Europe AFAIK. It was brought in in 2008 direct from the factory and unregistered for the CEO.

    Is it possible that this was a similar story?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2 dennisthe menace


    oh my god i cant believe what i am seeing .after spending the last 20 years in japan working as a tech for nissian , i cant believe that there is a leopard over here in ireland.for one to be over here is extremely rare.it had to be a special order.if any one knows the where abouts of this car could they please pm me .this is a very rare car and needs to be saved.parts for this car are still to be got hany in japan.

    much appreciated Dennis Ryan.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,558 ✭✭✭Blue850




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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,318 ✭✭✭✭carchaeologist


    Its not worth 750 quid imo. The rear window has been broken for literally years through frost and snow. You would really want to be an enthusiast to want it. You couldnt even drift it on the auto box!

    It does seem to have been a special order given the low number, wonder who for tho.

    Best thing you can do Dennis is ring up and put in a bid, you seem to be the man for it!


  • Registered Users Posts: 154 ✭✭S Line




  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2 dennisthe menace


    a very good friend of mine from dublin rang me last night to inform me that the leopard is now in the hands of the of a member of the stockcar community.if any knows of its where abouts could they please let me know . as i would gladley pay over and above of the sold price before its destoryed..regards dennis..:(


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,698 ✭✭✭ronaneire


    Blue850 wrote: »
    a very good friend of mine from dublin rang me last night to inform me that the leopard is now in the hands of the of a member of the stockcar community.if any knows of its where abouts could they please let me know . as i would gladley pay over and above of the sold price before its destoryed..regards dennis..:(

    Dennis the Menace :D it is for sale. Look here ;)http://cars.donedeal.ie/for-sale/cars/2659255


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1 topcat000


    the nissian has been sold. and yes it is in the hands of a stockcar man. i have seen a couple of stock cars at his house so i assume thats were it will finish up..:mad:


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,318 ✭✭✭✭carchaeologist


    topcat000 wrote: »
    the nissian has been sold. and yes it is in the hands of a stockcar man. i have seen a couple of stock cars at his house so i assume thats were it will finish up..:mad:

    Stock cars or bangers? Theres a difference, though it's probably the second option. Pity, but as usual, it's been for sale ages with no takers to preserve it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16 kieran811


    its to be used as a banger, i know the driver that has it


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,318 ✭✭✭✭carchaeologist


    kieran811 wrote: »
    its to be used as a banger, i know the driver that has it

    It will miss put on being the first Leopard as a banger though, that honour went to a 4door one last year.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16 kieran811


    yea the 1 at the firecracker, was there to see it, 2 door looks a bit nicer then 4 door


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,318 ✭✭✭✭carchaeologist


    kieran811 wrote: »
    yea the 1 at the firecracker, was there to see it, 2 door looks a bit nicer then 4 door
    Does indeed. The one used at Firecracker was an earlier one i think, think it was tagged as a C31, not as nice looking as the 88 one on this thread.
    Where is the 88 one going to go out, Shamwreck?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 16 kieran811


    kieran811 wrote: »
    yea the 1 at the firecracker, was there to see it, 2 door looks a bit nicer then 4 door
    Does indeed. The one used at Firecracker was an earlier one i think, think it was tagged as a C31, not as nice looking as the 88 one on this thread.
    Where is the 88 one going to go out, Shamwreck?

    As far as i know mate its going to battle of britian of sheffield


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,318 ✭✭✭✭carchaeologist


    kieran811 wrote: »
    As far as i know mate its going to battle of britian of sheffield
    Its funny how far cars travel to get wrecked! A good few cars have left Kerry to go to england for that reason.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16 kieran811


    yea its funny the distances they do to get wrecked, done 1000 mile round trips myself some times only get a couple of laps, others a full meeting

    i take it your into the racing abit urself?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,318 ✭✭✭✭carchaeologist


    kieran811 wrote: »
    i take it your into the racing abit urself?
    Uncle used to Race Stockcars 20 years ago at Rosegreen and he did a few banger meets in the 70s in England so that whole scene was always a part of my early years so to speak. Spent many long hours sitting in the back of a MK2 Transit driving around the country.. If it wasnt for all that i wouldnt have an interest in cars anyways.
    I tend to follow the banger scene as its always interesting what sort of odd old cars turn up at banger meetings particularly the unlimited stuff. I have never raced though, havent got the balls for that sort of madness!:eek:


  • Registered Users Posts: 848 ✭✭✭gn3dr


    I have to say that banger racing rare stuff like this is just pig ignorant in my opinion - but each to their own I guess.

    On the Leopard - saw this today (page down to the bottom of the post)

    http://speedhunters.com/archive/2012/02/29/event-gt-gt-nostalgic-2-days-pt-3.aspx

    - especially this bit "Very cool cars, spotless example like these fetching anywhere from 3 to 5 million Yen ($37,000~62,000!)"


  • Registered Users Posts: 16 kieran811


    kieran811 wrote: »
    i take it your into the racing abit urself?
    Uncle used to Race Stockcars 20 years ago at Rosegreen and he did a few banger meets in the 70s in England so that whole scene was always a part of my early years so to speak. Spent many long hours sitting in the back of a MK2 Transit driving around the country.. If it wasnt for all that i wouldnt have an interest in cars anyways.
    I tend to follow the banger scene as its always interesting what sort of odd old cars turn up at banger meetings particularly the unlimited stuff. I have never raced though, havent got the balls for that sort of madness!:eek:

    U should make the trip up north for shamwreck mate, all goes well it will be at a brand new track, tullyroan if its finished in time


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,318 ✭✭✭✭carchaeologist


    gn3dr wrote: »
    I have to say that banger racing rare stuff like this is just pig ignorant in my opinion - but each to their own I guess.
    In fairness, it was on DD(soon it will be in one) for awhile, and i was offered the car myself but i did not think it worth the asking price because of the broken window, interior condition and the parts availibility in this country.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,318 ✭✭✭✭carchaeologist


    Apologies for digging up an old thread, but i think the ending to this story should be posted here. To be fair, there wasnt ever much hope of anyone spending their money on putting this on the road, and it was for sale on DoneDeal prior to being bought to race. Pics by Matt Howes.
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    http://www.matthowes.com/gallery/index.php/May-2013/Kings-Lynn---18th-May/Fresh-Car-Shots/Img_7994

    http://www.matthowes.com/gallery/index.php/May-2013/Kings-Lynn---18th-May/Fresh-Car-Shots/Img_8003
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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,318 ✭✭✭✭carchaeologist


    And a post race shot, presumably it will be good for another event given the minimal damage. As far as can be ascertained it was the only 2door Leopard ever raced, a four door version was raced last year.
    http://www.matthowes.com/gallery/index.php/May-2013/Kings-Lynn---18th-May/Wreck-Shots/Img_8809
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    If anyone can fill us in on the history of why, or who had a hand in it being a new JDM import to Ireland it would be great!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,499 ✭✭✭Capri


    Pity the Leopard didn't survive - many's the 'rare' JDM model I couldn't save due to other projects.

    Over the years I've seen many new JDM Nissans here - I'd say there's a 131D JDM Nissan up at Nissan Ireland as I write - I reckon the MD up there likes his motors and picks the cream of the range to import 'on market trial' (no EU test to be passed AFIK if they're only 'evaluating' it )

    http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/GLOBAL/#col_region_03

    Unlikely he'd get a Sylphy :o (new Sunny/Almera JDM ) http://www2.nissan.co.jp/SYLPHY/exterior.html

    More like a TEANA :)http://www2.nissan.co.jp/TEANA/
    http://www2.nissan.co.jp/TEANA/customize_premium.html
    or an AUTECH AXIS http://www2.nissan.co.jp/TEANA/customize_axis.html

    or a CIMA / FUGA /Skyline saloon - Skyline Crossover ??
    http://www.nissan.co.jp/EN/lineup.html


    There used to be auctions in Jersey http://www.motor-mall.co.uk/auction/list.php of rare non-UK/EU spec stuff that had been tested by the manufacturers in UK/EU as part of their pre-production testing and was then sold off because it was too expensive to ship back used cars to Japan / Australia etc


    Years ago I'd be checking the Jap imports for 'specials' that nobody realised the value of - bought a nice little 323 Turbo 4WD for humble money because the dealer thought it was a 'jeep with that 4WD on it' - sold it on to a Mazda dealer !! Then there was the JDM VTEC Civics that were being charged high insurance because the EU VTEC was the high spec here, whereas the SiR was the REAL McCoy. I used to go to the Tokyo Auto Salon in January and get the spec book listing all the engine power ratings so I'd know what I was looking at back here when they came up for sale !


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