Long Bed Project: 1990 Mazda B2200 – SOLD!
September 13, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this Mazda “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
There was a point in history where you saw light-duty Japanese pickup trucks everywhere. It’s amazing to see what a ghost town this arena is for the import brands these days, and surviving trucks from this era are growing scarce. This clean 1990 Mazda B2200 long-bed pickup originally listed in August 2021 on Craigslist in Orlando, Florida is in good shape with some minor fuel pump issues to sort out and an asking price of $1,500. Comparing this price against the NADA Price Guide confirms this private seller has his pickup priced fairly considering the issues disclosed, as the “Average” retail price is listed as $4,975.
From the Mitsubishi Mighty Max to the Isuzu P’Up, imports dominated the light truck space during the peak of the rad years in the late 80s. From four-wheel drives with raised ride heights and roll bars in the bed to diesel-powered fuel sippers, you had your pick if you were a pickup shopper. The domestics often times re-branded these trucks for their own use, as the emphasis had historically been on full-size, heavy-duty trucks. This market essentially vaporized over the last 20 years as the Big 3 began to focus almost exclusively on high dollar, high payload pickups, and the foreign makes largely abandoned the pickup truck space altogether (with the obvious exceptions of Toyota and Nissan). This is starting to change, albeit slowly, with Ford and Chevy rolling out smaller trucks with great success.
This Mazda B2200 is a two-wheel-drive example equipped with a long bed and extended cab. Most of the import trucks in this category were spec’d as 4x2s, because if you wanted a 4×4, you bought a domestic. It’s a shame so many buyers chose this route, as a 4×4 Mitsubishi Mighty Max or Datsun 720 are desirable specimens these days. The seller claims the Mazda has been stored indoors for the last 18 years, and that the cosmetics are a definite selling point. Mileage isn’t exactly low at 160,000, but that just proves that someone was reliably using it for quite some time. The wheels are a take-it-or-leave-it feature, and I’d source some OEM-style wagon wheels painted white to keep it as factory correct as possible. Fix the fuel pump and have a fun in-town runner that can haul – how can you lose? Good luck with the purchase if you snatch this Mazda up.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Been stored inside most of the last 18yrs. New plugs and battery… Motor good… Needs a fuel pump(it’s stuck and hums)…a very good body… Inside good… Very good shape… Nice rims…a great one to be proud of… Nice little truck… It will make a great classic… No calls… Text only… Come by and take a look… Will show between 6-8 pm by appointment….“
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