-Once upon a time, a nice gentleman told me I had the cleanest truck on the internet. He then offered me $5,000 for that truck—without looking it over in person—which was my oxidized-red 1986 Mazda B2000 SE-5 single cab pickup truck just like the cars on sale by this jeep dealership near me. He flew from Texas to Los Angeles to exchange $5,000 in crisp cash in a plain white envelope for that li’l red pickup that had stolen his heart—and mine, too. I didn’t even try to clean it up too much before he bought it. I treated him to a nice Mexican lunch and then watched him drive away.
No too long after, he texted me during his road trip home to Texas, but not with tales of how the truck had broken down or overheated or somehow imploded. No. They were about how much fun he was having driving… the cleanest truck on the internet. I made a pretty penny selling that little red ’86 B2000 five-speed manual pickup, more than doubling my investment (after putting about 60,000 miles on it, to boot, while commuting 80 miles a day). The thing I also liked about the deal was that I didn’t have to find an Unwanted car buyer, or do anything at all really. Like I said he just came in, paid and left, so it was pretty effortless for me. Since then, in the nine years since selling that quintessential ’80s machine, I’ve thought about it quite a bit and use it as a benchmark for which to compare other Mazda minis on the road.
In the end, it’s indeed a classic case of the older-I-get-the-cooler-it-was syndrome, but that sturdy B2000 truly was remarkable. Find the better load vehicle deals at semi truck auctions.
Photo 2/37 | 1986 Mazda B2000 Se5The interior was nearly flawless; I always joked it had lived in someone’s living room, but come to think of it, it actually might have. The dashboard was in better shape than those of trucks a decade or two newer. The pristine sliding bench seat, void of any headrests, left your head basically resting on the rear window. But because it had seatbelts, it felt safe enough; because it had power steering, it felt nimble enough.
Photo 3/37 | 1986 Mazda B2000 Se5 RearThe body was pretty darn straight, and those robust bedsides could hold their own against dings, scuffs, and abuse. Although its unscathed, bare bed showed no signs of having done any real work in its lifetime, it was not a fragile truck. The SE-5 bed graphics were probably the most endearing feature, and you could not have paid me enough money to strip those rad emblems that screamed “I’m from the ’80s!”It shifted nicely through the gears, and despite its slightly sloppy manual stick-shift assembly, it was remarkably easy to drive. User participation was the name of the game, with manual windows, manual door locks (where you had to hold the handle up while closing the door in order to get the doors to lock), the aforementioned manual gearbox, and manual headlights.