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#1 OFFLINE   Electric Leyland

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 09:11 AM

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New toy –back to the true essence of Autoshite with a 1979 Mazda 323 1.4L Auto!

 

Purchased yesterday after nearly careering off the road in excitement on spotting it and with a for sale card in the window. Purchased it on the spot - one careful elderly owner from new, 53k fully documented with all MOTs, ziebart underneath from new, MOT til March 2016. What more could you wish for? Everything works even the clock. And she drives just great!

 

DEAD HAPPY.

 

 

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 09:16 AM

Cap doffed. Well played that man.


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 09:21 AM

Sweet man! Looks like a sort of Japanese attempt at making a Volvo 340 though.
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#4 OFFLINE   Electric Leyland

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 09:35 AM

Sweet man! Looks like a sort of Japanese attempt at making a Volvo 340 though.

 

Hey you're right, I hadn't noticed that before. Front end of a Mazda back end of Volvo 343. It's roomy inside for a small car too. Mate at work suggests giving it the General Lee look with Confederate Flag but that's a hot political topic at the moment.


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 09:38 AM

Welcome back fella, don't recall seeing you for a while!


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 09:48 AM

I used to have one of those ! Ran it for 3 months and bridged it as it was terminally rotten and engine was smoky. Nice steer tho
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Posted 01 July 2015 - 09:51 AM

That looks lovely, well done
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Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:13 AM

Ah, now that brings back fond memories of Miss Williams and junior school.


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:16 AM

we be down wid da petrol and lighters if you 01 it :D

 

looks ok

 

def been tangoed :D


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:35 AM

Oh wow, that's gorgeous.  Great purchase story too - definitely one for grabbing it on the spot and working out the rest later.  

 

These were about the most European of the Japanese and a decent contender against mk1 Golfs, Renault 14s and the new Horizon.  (Back in 1979, Ford and Vauxhall still didn't have a 5-door hatchback anywhere in the range.)  As far as I remember they were just known as Mazda Hatchbacks - the 'official' 323 name didn't come into general use until the next generation.

 

MORE PICS please.

 

Meanwhile, here's an ad from the internet.

 

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#11 OFFLINE   Electric Leyland

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:37 AM

Yes I think the 01 treatment is long in the tooth nowadays. Plus could attract burning-cross types.

 

Nope, she's staying 'as is'. Few more pics.....

 

 

 

 

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 11:25 AM

Beauty!

Interior please
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Posted 01 July 2015 - 11:28 AM

Fantastic! My Mum's first car was an orange estate, though I'm too early to remember it but still have soft spot for them. I reckon this would have been a firm piece of Autoshite when the site was created almost 10(!) years ago, so it's great that you managed to find it for sale at the side of the road. They're becoming rare in NZ in standard form due to RWD lickers, especially with the desirable early 'bugeye' fronts and smaller tail lights, as well as Mazda's rotary history. There are a few wagons knocking about locally still plying a trade for old fellas who mow lawns.

 

Here's the last one I spotted in everyday unpretentious use, on holiday in the south island last year:

 

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 12:35 PM

 

 

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"We even have a man who strokes the whole car  with his hands"

 

 

Yes, we have them on Autoshite too....


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 12:36 PM

THE MANAGEMENT...

 

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IS BACK!


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 04:42 PM

Winner!

I bet the claim in that advert is somewhat dubious.


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 04:50 PM

My first car was a silver 3 door HFV 594S. I paid a hundred quid of a pal of mine in 1986. I got wrote off a few months later after a argument with a brand new Sierra. I remember it being so much nicer to drive than my pals MK2 Escort. Shame they could rot like mad though.


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 05:31 PM

How on earth did it survive?  Is there a tale to tell?  I have an '82 Mazda 626 Montrose that only survived because it was trapped in a heated garage for 23 years until the elderly owner (Wilfred) eventually died.   

 

PS. That ad is decidely dubious. 

 

PPS. Australia has a thriving retro Mazda scene. There are a couple of Facebook groups - Mazda collectors and restorers and Mazda classics. 


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 05:52 PM

Jesus, that's a rare (and fabulous) sight. Well purchased!


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 06:11 PM

What can I say that the others already haven't other than how much was it? :-)
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Posted 01 July 2015 - 06:24 PM

Just look at that

Now that needs to be a July calendar shot
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Posted 01 July 2015 - 07:57 PM

Lovely!  And even the right gearbox, very well done indeed!  I approve.


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 08:06 PM

I thought these were extinct in the UK.


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 08:17 PM

Wow! Not seen one of those for ages. They are nice looking little things too.

Great buy!
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Posted 01 July 2015 - 08:21 PM

I hereby declare this thread to be WORLD O' WINNAH.   


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 08:23 PM

Now that is what we call a comeback. Love it, top purchasing skills there.


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Posted 02 July 2015 - 06:09 PM

Loving the Mazda love fellas!

 

It's so orange, even the seats are joining in.

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 06:12 PM

And a quick fleet shot for good measure.

 

 

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 06:15 PM

Jesus wept, if that isn't winning then I don't know what is! What a absolute hunny, and that interior is the icing on the cake.

Very well played there Richard!
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Posted 02 July 2015 - 06:18 PM

I think this wins the. Whole July calendar
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