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From Joel B – Back in the sixties there was nothing I enjoyed more than cruising the junkyards of southern New Jersey with my buddy Steve. Now in my sixties I enjoy the cruising of junkyards vicariously through! I found that old habits die hard when I spotted an unusual hood among the Roman ruins of Paros Island, Greece. The hood turned out to two Mazda T1500’s with a little more digging around the corner I found two more T1500s and buried between them under a garbage can and some weeds there was what may be a Mazda 360 with handle bar steering. I guess old junkyard scroungers never die they just expand their territories!

Mazda T1500s

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  1. Mark E

    So these are currently in use?!?? I’ve seen pics of T1500s in collector car shows in Japan…

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    • Vaios Kaliakoudas

      @Mark E …and it was manufactured in Greece, in a production plant somewhere near Athens as I believe (I don’t know exactly where that factory was located), created by Nikoalos Moyzelis and Christos Polydoropoulos, the owners of Car Market S.A, the main dealership of Mazda here in Greece back in that era. Here’s a picture with a commercial poster of the 72 model as well…

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  2. Fred

    Wow- Japan’s version of the Cushman Truckster!

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  3. Howard A. Howard AMember

    Never seen one (until now) Apparently, they made a T2000 as well, (oh boy) What a cool vehicle for city use. I think the one with the handlebars could be a Mazda Mazdago, the very 1st post war Mazda. ( don’t let the garbage can on it’s side fool you, the green cargo box appears to be leaning agin the red one)

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  4. Howard A. Howard AMember

    Oops, ran out of time. They all appear to have left hand drive. The ones I’ve seen in videos in Japan (presumably), have right hand drive. Anybody? ( hang on tight for this drive)

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  5. john

    hi, living in corfu Greece , there are still a few around as daily drivers no road tax needed as three wheel…will take a few photos if anyone interested..

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  6. Richard Prokopchuk

    When I was stationed in far southern Italy in 1973, one of the biggest obstacles to killing myself was the veritable plethora of vehicles like this article is showing. The locals called them bombola. They weren’t fast, but it seems as if there was a deliberate effort to spread them out over the roads so that one could never even come close to 50 mph. Oh….the sheep and goats also…deadly.

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