1987 Mazda 626 at Salvage Auction
The term “salvage auction” probably brings up all sorts of horrible images in one’s mind. Completely destroyed cars that look as though they’ve been run over by a Caterpillar D9 or perhaps used as Satan’s barbeque grill. Every once in a while, there’s a diamond in the rough. Today is one of those days.
Having covered just a day’s commute over 100,000 miles, this 626 hatchback looks pretty damn clean, save a small spot of rust or damage on the driver’s rear wheel arch. Shiny red paint and a decent and complete interior. No obvious damage or serious issues. Even the factory wheels look good. On top of it all, the auction site lists the car as having a clean title.
Powered by a carbureted 2.0 liter 4 producing 93 horses, the 626 was no rocket – in fact, it was probably realllly slow. The more powerful turbo-equipped GT of this generation is certainly the more desirable edition, but is about as common as a factory-clean, non-fart-can-equipped 90s Honda Civic hatchback at this point.
So how does such a creampuff end up at a salvage auction? I can’t say for sure, all I can say is that with the website’s note that yes, it does run and drive, this car could be a screaming deal. As of press time, a minimum bid of $200 has not even been submitted – did I miss the photo of the dead hookers in the trunk?
It is of course an automatic. Something I’ve lamented about before. But still, a rare and clean Golden Age hatchback? This one’s just odd and old enough, I’d shine it up and take it to car shows. If only I had the garage space.
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