Tuesday, February 28, 2012

1975 Mazda REPU - The World's Only Rotary Pick Up

I can't remember whether I posted this or just said it a friend, but about a year ago I realized that I am most likely the only middle-age white guy in America who does not have a single friend who owns a pick up truck. I went through my phone's entire contact list... I have friends who own BMWs, Audis, Hondas, Fords, Toyotas, Jeeps, Acuras, Triumphs, Alfas, etc., etc. I even have one friend with a Morgan and another with a Ferrari. I just don't have any that own a pick up truck. How can that be?

I seriously thought about buying a cheap pick up truck. Then I thought better of it. I really only need one once or twice a year, so it would probably be cheaper just to make a new friend. One with a pick up truck.

If I were to buy a pick up however, this would be one of the ones I would consider...

REPU stands for Rotary Engine Pick Up. It is the only rotary engined pick up truck ever built.

Mazda built about 15,000 REPUs between 1974 and 1977. The rotary engine made it a relatively powerful small truck, but it only got around 17 MPG, which turned off many potential buyers.

This REPU is in overall decent condition. Its original engine has been replaced by a later more powerful engine from an RX7. The seller has done some other work to it, but it still needs some interior work, minor brake work an a new wiper motor installed (which the seller is including).

The REPU body was not known for longevity, but this one, especially when you consider that it's a New England vehicle, doesn't look too bad. The is some rust along the rockers and a few bubbles here and there, but none of it looks like it would be too tough to repair.

Do a little body and interior work, throw a set of beefy tires and some old-school Crager style mag wheels on this truck and you'll have a great running, great looking, classic pick up. (And, if someone reading this buys it, can I borrow it a couple of weekends each year?)

Located in Fairfield, CT, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Cory for sending me this link!

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