Hey look, a Mazda 808 for sale (well auction) that has everything! (Everything includes rough paint, rust, bubbles, a couple of dints and an engine that turns over but doesn’t start.) If you’re looking for a Mazda 808 project to restore then is one is for you!
Maybe it’s Barn Finds that once drove through an actual barn sideways auction at Llyods this month (I have no idea, its my first visit for 2020) but if that’s the case then this one fits the bill perfectly!
Okay so it still stands proudly on all four wheels so it’s a far cry from a rusted shell as a project base and you could do far worse when it comes to paint on a car this old but restoring it to former factory glory would be a task unto itself and with all the cracks and occasional bubbles in the paint – you’d have to blast it all off first before anything else. And hope you don’t find Mount Bog taking up most of the underneath.
Still for all the work involved (and god only knows how much money you’ll have to throw at the engine in its unknown condition) given how popular these things are (especially for the crowd that can’t afford current Mazda Rx3 prices) it will get snapped up. Whether it remains piston powered or 70’s gold color remains to be seen however. At the time of writing it’s at 3k with 3 days to go. I expect that price to really jump in the final hours.
Oh did I mention this 78 Deluxe is showing only 15,000kms? Either the speedo stopped working back in 1979 or that’s when they parked it…and left it there.
And if you want an actual rotor from the same era though? That’s okay – there’s one that’s already been restored inside for you! (Probably not for sale at 3k though..)