From the first time id ever seen a REPU in pictures, I knew there would be a day that one would end up in the garage. So after searching on and off for a few years, it became clear that they are not that easy to find in good shape. Then one day late last year I got lucky and this gem turned up on Craigslist
pictures from the ad
After getting in contact via phone, the seller Jim was a very accommodating seller and a dream to deal with.
The car was owned by his uncle since new who was a technician with Hewlett Packard corporation in Colorado. In actual fact the car must have been a company car for him as Hewlett Packard paid for the truck in the purchase receipts. All the original manuals, service books, window sticker (sales receipt) and plenty of other associated paperwork came with the car. There was even a receipt for the princely sum of $150 for the dealer fitted American racing wheels and body stripe.
So a deal was done and the car was put on its journey to the land down under. Jim even took a few pics of this for me when the interstate transport picked the car up from his home to take it to the Long Beach port in California.
And after about 3 months of waiting, spending heaps of bucks in container shipping and another delay in customs, We have a new arrival!
towie Pete you sexy beast. This tow truck moves more Mazdas in Brisbane than no other, hey Danny..
Its always a gamble to purchase an old vehicle sight unseen from pictures and a sellers word. I had a very good feeling that the condition would be great, the truth is it was better in the flesh that Id first imagined. A good solid, unrestored and original paint vehicle with no major rust or damage, very happy.
Matching numbers 13B.. more to come in this department.
Still under 68000 miles.
Battery box door, has a little strap to hold the door open in place.
And a parting shot for now. I just love the brash tailgate lettering, an American touch to a very Japanese truck. More to come.