I've been watching Bluebirds (is that a thing?) long before I started that thread. But along with the rest of you, what we've been watching lately is the price of these things going up up up! I actually have Dillon to thank for spotting this one. I have a few saved Yahoo! Japan searches and this didn't pop up on my search for cars, but did pop up in my search for parts. Should that have been a warning?
I have been looking for another car to bring in ever since I imported Granny. We have found a good friend in Adam, who brought in Jeff's Coupe, and have come close on a few auctions together but have not been able to win one.
This car was appealing for a couple of reasons:
1) It is a 1968 which is Jeff's favorite year and it looked like it had allot of really unique features.
2) It is still in its original paint so you can see what you are getting. So many of the Bluebirds for sale have undergone a "restoration" and I consider them a real gamble because you have no idea what is underneath.
3) The price was low enough that there was the potential to make a few bucks after getting it here and getting it running in case someone else thought it was as cool as I did.
Adam sent an e-mail noting my interest to his contact in Japan and they checked into the auction for us.
They contacted the seller to make sure it had export papers, confirm the condition, and request additional photos. That was back on December 7th.
On December 8th, the seller started sending photos to Maiko which she forwarded to Adam and myself.
As you might imagine, these did nothing to dampen my spirit!
I see rusty rockers, flat paint, patches of surface rust, and acres of beautiful 1300DX Bluebird!