Ebay treasures: 1969 Mazda Luce 1500SS

October 5, 2014 in ebay treasures

The first generation Mazda Luce was sold in Europe as the Mazda 1500 and Mazda 1800. As Mazda was using its performance image, thanks to successful rotary engine racing, to sell cars naturally the Mazda Luce 1500SS (Super Sport) performance model was also sold. The treasure today is such a model, hence the SS badge on the grille:
Ebay Treasures: Mazda Luce 1500SS
The Mazda Luce 1500SS had a twin carburettor setup added to the existing 1490cc Mazda UB engine which increased the power from 78PS to 86PS. Not a lot, but enough to make the car more responsive.

This particular 1500SS seems to be in pretty good shape: Read the rest of this entry →

Ebay Treasures: 1967 Mazda Bongo lost in Hungary

September 16, 2014 in ebay treasures

It has been a while since I shared a worthy treasure from the classifieds/auction sites. Today I found actually two treasures, but this right hand drive 1967 Mazda Bongo that got lost in Hungary was the best one:
Ebay Treasures: Mazda Bongo in Hungary
Judging from the “Painter & Wallpaperer” and phone number on the side of the van it feels like this Mazda Bongo had an earlier life outside Hungary.

As I mentioned before, this Bongo is actually right hand drive: Read the rest of this entry →

Ebay Treasures: Nissan Silvia S12 Grand Prix project

June 27, 2014 in ebay treasures

It is always sad to see an abandoned project for sale, especially if it may be a well known Nissan Silvia S12 Grand prix widebody:
Nissan Silvia S12 Grand Prix widebody
According to the ad the Nissan Silvia S12 Grand Prix has been stripped to bare metal and all rust has been resolved and a cage has been welded in.

Everything has been properly coated except for the hatch and bonnet: Read the rest of this entry →

Ebay treasures: The Mazda RX7 FB Wankelrossa

December 22, 2013 in ebay treasures

Back in the early 80s I managed to get my hands on a Mazda brochure that included the Mazda RX7 FB and many times I dreamed away think I would drive in one. Shortly after that the Ferrari Testarossa arrived and that literally blew away any boy-dream of owning a sportscar and I ended up solely drooling over Ferraris. I think a similar thing happened to this Mazda RX-7 FB that got some Testarossa treament:
Hilarious: Mazda RX7 FB Wankelrossa
Perhaps the owner bought the car and restyled it in Testarossa style a few years later?

Anyway, the (useless) side intake definitely looks as enormous as the one found on the Testarossa: Read the rest of this entry →

Ebay treasures: fancy a Mitsuoka taxi?

July 10, 2013 in ebay treasures

No this is not a product of an undiscovered British car brand with an exotic name:
Ebay Treasures - Mitsuoka Galue
It is is also not the new London taxi built by a Chinese car manufacturer either…
It actually is a product by Mitsuoka called the Galue and is based upon the Nissan Crew taxi!

All Mitsuoka products are inspired by 40s and 50s British cars (like Jaguar, Rover, etc) and the two versions of the Galue are no exception to this rule: Read the rest of this entry →