Hotbox? 1990 Mazda Bongo 4WD Van

Here was have a delightful JDM van with arguably the best collection of typical late 80s/early 90s factory decals ever applied! If you’ve never seen a Mazda Bong – er – Bongo, yet this seems familar, that could be because it was also sold as the Nissan Vannette (related to the fire-prone, US market C22 “Hibachi” van), the Ford Econovan and the Mitsubishi Delica.

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Double Cab Ute: Datsun U620

Most Datsun pickups from the 60s and 70s were standard, two-seat affairs with separate beds – much like almost every other pickup out there. There were a few oddballs, though, including the Sunny Ute we previously featured and today’s U620. This is the Ute version of the 620 pickup and arguably the coolest (and weirdest) Datsun pickup ever made.

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Former Lane Motor Museum Push-Me-Pull-You 1979 Honda Civic!

How do we know this came from the Lane? We’ve seen it in the basement! Also, anything this weird in Nashville probably has something to do with Lane.

So, what is it? It’s two front halves of 1979 Honda Civics grafted together, resulting in two driver’s seats, side-by-side and facing opposite directions. As clearly noted in the ad, this needs some work, but maybe not too much.  We love the condition description for each side:

Side 1: Somewhat driveable. The engine runs fairly well, but we have not run for very long only around our parking lot. Lights and wipers work. Brakes work at parking lot speeds. Driver’s side window is missing.

Side 2: Not driveable at this time. Engine will run. The carburetor needs work. It leaks gas, so the fuel line has been plugged. Lights and wiper work. Brake pedal has pressure, however have not been tested. Driver’s side window is there, but is plexi-glass which has seen better days.

Would you rock this? We’re tempted, but would like to know where fuel is stored first and might need a primer on how to lock out the opposite side steering wheel to prevent unexpected turns.  Best would be to get this 100% running and execute awesome parking moves – pull in/pull out.  Technically, one is never “reversing”…

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Nashville, TN, USA
$2,500 with ZERO bids and five days to go

Front view or back view?  Who cares?  The ouch decal is a bonus.

At least a top view is well defined here, but which way is forward?

Other view of same side.

Things look normal here until one sees the two steering wheels inside.

We love this interior.

Here’s one engine, minus battery.

Here’s the other engine (note the battery and different hose clamp).

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This 1979 Honda Civic is an incredible performance machine! It features 8 cylinders of furious power! It has 4 wheel drive making the winter weather driving a breeze! 4 powerful disc brakes bring this rocket to a safe stop. And it has two radios, so if you are a little bit country and your lady is a little bit rock-n-roll, you will both be smiling! It also has 8 forward gears and two reverse gears (not all combinations can be used simultaneously.) Four wheel steering makes parallel parking and u-turns tasks you will look forward to! Or it’s a clown car…

Side 1: Somewhat driveable. The engine runs fairly well, but we have not run for very long only around our parking lot. Lights and wipers work. Brakes work at parking lot speeds. Driver’s side window is missing.

Side 2: Not driveable at this time. Engine will run. The carburetor needs work. It leaks gas, so the fuel line has been plugged. Lights and wiper work. Brake pedal has pressure, however have not been tested. Driver’s side window is there, but is plexi-glass which has seen better days.

There is no obvious rust problems. The paint is not great. Actual mileage unknown.

Clear Tennessee title.

Pre-Volvo Dual Forced Induction:1989 Nissan March Super Turbo

Several years after the original March/Micra launched, it seems Nissan wanted its own race series for these little buggers; so the March Super Turbo was born.  What that means is 110 HP out of 0.93 liters.  This was achieved using both a turbo and a supercharger!

This example was apparently imported to the US by the seller and EPA says its okay per the 25-year rule. If you live in California (or similar), your state may not agree.

Regardless, this is a cool little piece of history and must by pretty fun to drive, with that oddball engine and very low mass.  This wears a few period- and market-correct mods, such as shocks and wheels; but that might boost (get it?) the whole JDM image.

The asking price is not in super-bargain territory, but doesn’t seem crazy, either.  eBay indicates that offers will be considered, so perhaps a good deal for both buyer and seller can be worked out.

Link to Nissan Global Heritage site

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Bridgewater, MA, USA
$8,800 BIN with offers considered and four days to go

This shows just about everything we love about 1980s Japanese and Hot Hatch styling.  Yes, the scoop is functional!

Here’s a tiny, classic hatch profile.  Super turbo badges are just plain awesome.

Front end has a rally car look and reminds us of some other non-US Nissans from the period.

Interior looks to be in good shape and ample gauges should provide plenty of info.  We assume the accessory gauge is for boost, but for which device?

We love the original cloth; so we respect the Recaro and its oddball cloth while simultaneously wishing that the original driver’s seat was included in the sale.

Here’s the hard-to-dissect engine.  Despite small displacement, there’s a lot crammed in there, especially given the top-mount intercooler.

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Federally legal imported under the 25+ year law, this car is legal anywhere in the US. I have the import paperwork for title in your state. I imported the car myself and the last picture shows the actual inspection sheet from this vehicles auction to show that it was a grade 3 car with no accident history. I can assist with vehicle shipping and have done so many times in the past.

Recently imported 1989 Nissan March Super Turbo. Extremely rare, 1 of 2 known to be in the US.
This car is both TURBO AND SUPERCHARGED from the factory. It’s a homologation special from Nissan and was only available in Japan. The only other one of these cars in the US was sold last summer for $11000 and they still fetch $10k+ in Japan as they’re now considered “sport classic” vehicles.

Powered by a mighty 1.0 (yes, 1000cc) turbo and supercharged engine and 5 speed short ratio LSD transmission pumping 110hp out to the sub 1700lb chassis (the car is slightly smaller than an MK1 GTI). There is a factory triple din gauge pod like whats found in the Skyline GTR, manual windows/locks, but the car does have working AC.

Mechanically the car is excellent, the body has a few blemishes I’ll be happy to point out during an in person inspection or I can email pictures if you’d like. There are also a few aftermarket parts including KYB SR Special struts, aftermarket (I believe they are Rays) wheels, Recaro confetti drivers seat, and a boost gauge. Parts are easy to obtain and tune ups/oil changes can be done with parts found locally at any parts store.

Modified 1988 Suzuki Samurai with VW TDI Power

First, this is an older TDI engine; so don’t assume VW will buy it back!

With that out of the way, we think this is a great swap idea.  Anyone worth his or her weight in compost knows that the often-disrespected Samurai is an amazingly capable off-roader.  Adding torque via a turbo-diesel is, we think, a fantastic idea.  The cosmetic mods to this trucklet can only be judged subjectively, however, and we think it’s a bit over the top.

Two Suzukis in two days?  Why not?  Yesterday’s X90, of course, couldn’t be much different, as it was a RWD version with zero odd-road cred.  This one, however, goes all the way the other direction with an assortment of serious mods.

The seller provides quite a bit of into in the text below, including a lengthy update made after the questions started to roll in.  We like that kind of responsiveness and we like the honesty in the answer that one could drive this across the country, but you likely wouldn’t want to due to ride quality.  Further, two videos are provided:

Video 1
Video 2

Cosmetically, well, almost nothing was left untouched; so this isn’t exactly a sleeper.  This has Ronin (masterless Samurai…get it?) and other script all over it and it even has a superman grill emblem.  If you want it more subtle and want to continue using it off-road, a rattle can flat black paint job sounds like a great idea!

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Gladstone, OR, USA
$3,700 with 29 bids, reserve not met and two days to go

Here it is in all its glory.  Note the lettering in various places.

Door logo seems to be related to seller’s business (?).

Rear shows “interesting” tail lights, massive spare and jerry cans.

Here’s that Superman emblem.  Also, the fender flares say “Point Man”, which to the best of our knowledge, is a religious-based, inspirational book.  BTW, yes, there’s a winch in the bumper.

Seats apparently came from a recent Fiat 500.  Door panels seem appropriate for this vehicle.

There is a cargo area, but is there a back seat?  We assume there isn’t…

The VW engine looks at home here.  Based on the code provided by the seller, this is a 1990s engine.

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1988 Suzuki Samurai fully custom. This vehicle is one of a kind. Here is a list of the options and mods: 

-VW 1.9 Turbo diesel engine
-Acme adapter VW 1.9 to stock manual transmission kit
-Rocky Roads SPOA YJ lift kit w/custom shackles for 7.5 inches of lift
-Over sized radiator with dual electric fans
-Heavy duty stage 3 clutch
-Oil cooler w/electric fan
-Power steering box from Toyota Landcruiser but uses stock vw ps pump
-35″ BFG MT tires with 350 miles on them and matching spare wheel and tire
-Aluminum 15 in. wheels 
-4500 lb. Superwinch with remote and inside controls
-Skyjacker steering stabilizer
-Custom bumpers front and back
-Updated carpet
40 Channel Uniden CB w/stainless whip antenna
-Custom fade 2 tone paint job and graphics
-Newer Besttop soft top
-Custom powder coated Point man fender flares
– 3 nostril custom hood scoop
-Custom spare tire and Jerry can rack w/diesel fuel cans
– Point man rock sliders
-Custom superman grill insert
-’12 Fiat 500 front seats w/ aluminum custom seat brackets
-Custom shock towers and heavy duty Deutchtech shocks made for the samurais weight
-Disc brake conversion kit for Low Range Offroad (not installed still in the box)
-5:38 ring and pinion gears front and back ( not installed still in the box)
-Fire extinguisher mounted behind passenger seat
-New Hi lift Jack installed on interior of spare tire rack
The Samurai has approximately 40k on the odometer and the diesel engine was purchased online used and was advertised as having 70k on it. Since its been installed ive driven it less than 500 miles. It has new glow plugs and runs great. I am selling this to fund my next project. Im selling it as is and no warranty is implied. 

Updated text (question response):

Ive gotten a lot of questions on the Samurai and this is my first time selling a vehicle on ebay. Ill try to sum up the questions and give answers here to help anyone else thats considering bidding on it.

How does it handle with those big tires: To be honest, it wants to follow the grooves and pot holes in the road surface and its not a rig that youre going to steer with your knees while eating a burger.

How is the ride: Its a stiff ride and it has its rattles and squeaks. It is nearly 30 years old.

Does it have rust: It has very very minimal rust and is very solid compared to most of the vehicles ive seen its age in this area. The chassis and body were purchased in a very dry part of Idaho.

What is the condition of the interior: The interior carpet and seats are nice and in great shape. The control knobs for temperature are missing and to shift from cold to hot is stiff..(probably needs cables lubed) The heater blower is extremely lethargic and I have another one I bought and will include with the vehicle that will hopefully put out more flow. The dash has no cracks and the glove box door is missing.

Do the lights and turn signals work: They all are new and all work. The back up lights are on a switch on the dash and not on the reverse switch like stock, They are bright.

It does not have A/C and it does not have door locks. It came factory without door locks and was used on a military base in its earlier life from what I gather by the DOD sticker.

Gearing: Its geared tall for trail use but not too bad for highway. It will do 65 down the road no problem. It could be used a daily driver as is. The 5:38 gearing I am including is because I planned on using it more for a toy out in the hills and not so much pavement time.

Can I mount a tow bar to the bumper: You can mount one to the frame where the bumper mounts up but I wouldnt mount directly to the bumper. Both front and back bumpers are made from 12 guage A36 and is a little light for tugging on,

Timing belt and water pump and engine questions: The engine is an AHU/1Z  mechanical fuel pump motor. The timing belt and water pump are probably original. When I bought the motor I got it online and was used and was claimed to have 70k on it.

Would I drive it acrossed the country: I personally wouldnt want to drive it acrossed the country. Its a little bit of a rough ride. Its noisy inside. I dont like the brakes very much. The disc brake conversion will make a big difference im sure. When I drive it i give myself and extra car length or so that I would in my truck. Ive driven it round trip 60 miles back and forth to work several times and taken it up in the woods a bit but Ive never taken it on an all day road trip or for more than a 100 miles stretch. Its doable im sure but I wouldnt want to do it.

Here are  two videos I took of it showing it running and a drive down the road going through the gears. I tried pasting the links here but it didnt meet ebays criteria for some reason. If you go on you tube and type in Ability mfg look for on video named Samurai 03/06/17 and another that is named Samurai drive 03/06/17. Im new to posting videos here. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Isuzu Bellel Three-Fer: 60s Japanese Diesel Sedan Goodness

The Isuzu Bellel (which, the interwebs state, references fifty bells – the meaning of Isuzu) was Isuzu’s first in-house design, but was inspired by the Hillman/Sunbeam Imp Minx, which Isuzu previously built under license.  These are rear-wheel drive sedans and were originally offered with diesel or gasoline engines.  Today’s feature includes not one, not two, but three Bellels!

One car is a driver and two are either parts cars or for restoration. The seller includes some nice videos related to these cars, to which we’ve linked below. The videos have the bonus of showing an unidentified engine on a stand, as well as some other interesting project cars in the background.  Also, be sure to look for glances of the really cool tail lights!

Are you brave enough to step up and become an instant Bellel collector?

Video 1: Black 1964 Diesel Deluxe – non-running but apparently complete and supposedly only needs starter work.

Video 2: Blue 1965 pitched as a parts car – no axle shafts, but runs, as documented in the video.  As the seller points out, there are some 1965-only improvements that arguably make this the best car, but some of those specific parts are missing…

Video 3: 1964 driver – yes, this car is driven in the video and yes, you get to see a “four on the tree” in action.

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Oracle, AZ, USA
$4,000 BIN with offers considered and four days to go

This is the runner and features the same classic styling as the others.

Another angle.  Note the classic, Japanese fender mirrors.

This is the non-running 1964.

And…the blue-ish 1965 comes with the trailer!  That’s because the rear axles have been removed.

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I AM SELLING AGAIN ALL MY 1964 ISUZU BELLELS , I HAVE ONE RUNNING AND DRIVING CAR IN GREAT CONDITION AND 2 PARTS CARS WITH RUNNING MOTORS .THIS AUCTION IS FOR ALL THREE CARS. THE BLACK CAR COULD BE DRIVABLE THE OTHER IS FOR PARTS AND IT COMES WITH A DUAL AXLE STEEL BED TRAILER THAT THE BLUE CAR IS SITTING ON.THESE ARE VERY RARE DIESEL POWERED SEDANS WITH TOP SPEED OF 87 MPH . THEY WILL CRUSE AT 70 ALL DAY NO ISSUE AT ALL. THE TAN CAR IS FAST AND RELIABLE , I REGULARLY GO ON 100 MILE DRIVES. PLEASE WATCH ALL 3 OF MY YOU TUBE VIDEOS ON THESE CARS .PLEASE LOOK AT MY YOUIUBE VIDIOS FOR FULL DESCRIPTION OF THESE WONDERFUL CAR. I HAVE DOZEN OF PICTURES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST .CALL MIKE AT 1-520-xxx-xxxx   HOME 1-520-xxx-xxx. NO REASONABLE OFFER WILL BE REFUSED ALSO BUYER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHIPPING I WILL ASSITE ANY WAY I CAN .      MIKE

Kenmeri from Bahrain: 1974 Nissan Skyline 240K GT

The C110 Skyline was known as the Kenmeri due to the ad campaign which launched it and featured decidedly non-Japanese actors.  This started life as a right-hand drive 240K GT but is now left-hand drive and features an L28 in place of the L24.

The work on this car appears to have been done to a very high standard, as the LHD conversion looks stock.  This is a rare car; so some would prefer it bone stock; but LHD convenience (for most markets) and L28

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East Riffa, BAHRAIN, Bahrain
$40,100 with 58 bids, reserve not met and 1.25 days to go

This looks like a scaled-up US-market Datsun, but these were never sold here.  Upscaling accommodates six cylinder engines.

Here’s a first glance at the iconic Skyline tail lights.  Also note that aggressive fastback style and the character lines on the sides – all very 70s Japanese (meaning US-influence, yet unique in some ways).

Front end it unlike any US Datsun.  Note 240K GT badge.

Here’s another look at those awesome tail lights.  By the way, we love the hubcaps and, of course, the color.

Inside is sporty and everything appears to be in great shape.

This looks like it has a full complement of gauges.  The seller says the steering wheel is worn, but it looks good in the pics.

Fastback styling compromised the trunk quite a bit, but it still hold a spare.

L28 could be stock, as it looks the same as an L24 on the outside.  We’re not sure what the induction story is here – US L-series sixes had either two SU-style carbs or fuel injection.  This appears to have a single carb.  We love the stock look, but wonder if triple Mikunis would really make it sing.

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 Datsun Nissan, skyline 240K GT (C110), 1974, GOOD CONDITION MUST SEE, only had though approaching as shown 126020 KM but not original km driven.
You are viewing a rare find stunning classic outstanding example of 1974 Datsun Nissan skyline 240K GT, Series (C110), Two door Model, 2800cc (6 cylinder) Block type L28 inline engine 2.8 SOHC carburetor, this is meticulously maintained never smoke

Approximated driven 126020km, convert to Miles well be 078306 mile not original and I don’t have the original mileage I bought it as it is, 2 doors, equipped with the 5-speed manual transmission, 14-inch steel wheel rim with stainless steel wheel hubcap, good condition, complete service is just done.

Its looks amazing for rear quarter original design with its slash-style fender flare and angular. The cabin is typical of higher-range Japanese cars of the era, with lots of flat, sharp-cut surfaces and black interior. the gauges cluster and its large teach and speedo-sized analog RPM, as well as the big diameter, skinny-rimmed. Note the pillarless hardtop construction, which should make for a very airy cabin with all four windows rolled down.

The vehicle look like great and run good, Paint appears in good shape all over its repaint in original gorgeous color, however a few small dings here and there, color (Golden light brown classic) exterior, and (black) for interior.

I would guess it is the finest example currently available anywhere. Overall the car presents very nicely

The car original bought it from Australia and it’s converted to LHD, the new chassis number plate is match the car model, car specification and year, It’s a so RARE to get LHD car model that converted in professional way.

Please note there is wear and tear in the steering wheel.

This is best deal for cars collectors.

Front Seats:
Upholstery Material 
Manual passenger seat & manual adjustable driver seat
Height adjustable driver seat
Rear seats:
Upholstery Material
Convenience:
Front console with storage
Front center console storage under the stereo 
Cable trunk release
12V front cargo area power outlet(s)
Comfort:
Air conditioning
Center roof reading lights
Front and rear floor mats (not original)
In Car Entertainment:
2 total rear speakers
JVC AM/FM stereo and CD Playback (not original)
Safety Features:
Front Disc / rear Drum brakes
Front seat belt for driver and passenger 
Rear center 2-point belt
2 front adjustable headrests
Heated rear window

This is best deal for cars collectors.

1971 Honda Vamos

Here’s one we’d never heard of! The Vamos was based on Honda’s mini-truck, the TN360, and was a mini-Jeep competitor (think Suzuki).

The interwebs consistently indicate that about 2,500 of these were built; so this is rare outside the Lane Motor Museum (surely they have one).  The seller of our subject unit provides almost no information, other than to say this features a manual trans and a clean title.

Given the relatively high asking price, we hope this runs and drives and is in very good shape.  The photos don’t show any real issues.

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Somewhere in SoCal, USA?
$15,000

We love just about everything about this!  It features right-hand drive, a spare mounted on the body AND beautiful, plaid seats.  Also, is that a bar that lifts to act as a “door”/driver retainer??

Here’s that unique front end.

Passenger side looks much the same as the driver’s side.  Note the occupant retention system is in the deployed position here.  Also, the engine is presumably behind that black door on the lower side of the body.

We can’t see much of the rear, but we like what we see.

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very rare truck
honda made just 2500 truck
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Factory Supercharged Subaru Sambar Posing as VW

Once upon a time, a Subaru 360-based Sambar van was sold in the US market. This is the fifth generation, which was produced from 1990 to 1998 and was never sold here.  The VW appearance it cute and all, but we’d prefer this just be a proud Subie.  Surely nothing has been done that can’t be undone.

Although this is for sale in Canada, the seller claims it’s the rear-wheel drive version, not the all-wheel drive. So, it might be happier moving south. although we imagine the engine sits atop the drive wheels and makes this acceptable in slippery conditions.

The biggest downside here is the automatic trans; but this was never going to be a track car, anyway.  We’d love to take this for a spin, what with the tiny, supercharged four cylinder and small overall package.  This uses Subaru’s period Kei Car engine, but is not technically a Kei Car itself, presumably because of size and/or mass.  Anyway, this is a cool little find and we wonder whether the reserve is more realistic than the buy-it-now price.

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Pickering, Ontario, Canada, Eh
$1,005 dollarettes with 13 bids, reserve not met, $13,985 BIN and two days to go

VW badge and paint scheme are clearly not original.  We’d like to return it to Subaru glory (and that’s coming from a Vanagon owner).

Profile is about as compact and boxy as anything out there.  Yes, that’s a glass roof, too!

Rear wiper and exposed exhaust tip are nice touches.

Yep, it’s officially cute.

Here’s the unfortunate automatic shifter and odd aftermarket wheel.  We hope the flag comes with.

Seating for four -maybe five really skinny people?

And, yes, there’s cargo room behind the second row.

IS this a panoramic roof way ahead of its time, or a vista cruise roof way behind?

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This unique eye catching RHD Subaru Sambar Dias is one you don’t want to miss. Featuring the VW front end conversion and a beautiful two tone paint scheme, this Dias is perfect for any collector or enthusiast. 

Very fun to drive with it’s SuperCharger, plus lots of cargo space in a relatively small package if looking to use it as a right hand drive postal vehicle. 

Great visibility with so many large windows makes backing into tight spaces a breeze! 

Eligible for export to the USA. 

Millage is in miles converted from KMs on the dash. In Kilometers It is approximately 94000. 

Item specifics
Condition: Used
Seller Notes: “Looks and runs great.”
Year: 1990
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): KV3023410
Mileage: 54,409
Drive Type: RWD
Make: Subaru
Model: Sambar
Sub Model: Supercharged
Trim: 4 door
Exterior Color: white and yellow
Engine: 4 Cylinder, 660cc SuperCharged! ( KW / BHP )
Interior Color: grey