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Just purchased 3 x Mach 1's...
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Well, one of them is life size!

I'll start with Japan.

I'd been keeping my eye out for anything 7123 to fuel my own habit and maybe find something interesting for Mark and his Japanese Export thread. My first encounter was quite by accident. I'd picked up a hire car in Nagano and was heading back to Nozawa Onsen when I spotted a 'strawberry's for sale' sign pointing down a rural track. Knowing the girls would probably reward me in some way if I returned with a car AND strawberrys, I headed down the narrow track. About 5 minutes down I spotted what appeared to be one of these secret fabled 'Muscle Car Graveyard' so I diverted across a field and pulled up next to a sad rusted out vette. Here is some footage:



I spent about 1/2 an hour crawling over this 3F05H and took about a hundred photos. Unfortunately no data tag or buck but the most rust I've ever seen!

My second and third encounter ended with a purchase. I couldn't interest the girls in coming to the otaku paradise in Nakano so instead left them in Harajuku to torture my visa card. Whilst walking the narrow aisles of Nakano mall marvelling at all the vintage tin toys, enamel signs, anime, manga, Tomica cars and Japanese soft porn I happened across this Otaki 71 Mach 1.

   

The packaging was not perfect but I bit the bullet and for and extra $20 had them ship it to me.

Then I stumbled on this beauty.

   

A Doyusha 71 Mach 1, packaging was A1. I bit the bullet again.

So, we arrived back in Perth late Sunday night and I thought I'd do my regular scour of eBay and gumtree (our local craiglist) and I happened upon a 1F05M incorrectly listed as a 1970 Mach 1 in Brisbane, the other side of Australia to me. It looked clean with low mileage so I ordered a 'rush' Marti and emailed a mate in Brisbane that does vehicle inspections. There were a couple of eBayers with low feedback wrestling back and forth, $100 at a time but really no interest. I suppose if you were looking for a 1970 Mach 1 you would likely skip straight past this listing and if you were looking for a 71 Mach 1 351C4V your search parameters would have missed this one. I typed in my maximum price with a minute to go and snagged it for $10K less.

   

I'll post more pics when it arrives next week!

Cheers...

...Mickus
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#2
Mickus,

You are the man! I can't wait to see the pics of the car!

Nice job on the models. Gives me something to look for when I head there in April!

Nice score on the Mach 1! Being black makes it even better! Post some details when you pick it up!

Mark
71 Mach 1 J code - Japanese export
72 Convertible f code - first car
Numerous other Fords
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#3
Where are you located in Australia? I'll be down in Melbourne the end of Feb if you want to get together.

Mark
71 Mach 1 J code - Japanese export
72 Convertible f code - first car
Numerous other Fords
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#5
Wow! Way to go.
Leaving your girls to torture your Visa card? You're more of a man than I'll ever be. Smile

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Mike

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#6
Congrats! thumb

The Otaki R/C is very rare indeed - if you can even find them online, they're going for well over $500USD with the box in much worse shape than that.

I have the 'Vanishing Mach 1' version of that Doyusha kit (which has both 1/12th & 1/24th cars in one box) - the kit looks like it'll be a total blast to build... VERY detailed and pretty much everything [except for some of the decals] is correct.

Can't wait to see more of the full scale one as well.

Nice haul!!

Eric

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#7
Very cool... I am looking forward to seeing those pics of the 73!

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#8
Well done Mickus
Will look forward to your report and some pics
A lesson to everybody to extend your search parameters when on the hunt
Pity the Jap car was not too flash
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#9
Congrats!

- Mike
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mwilson7;288445 Wrote:Mickus,

You are the man! I can't wait to see the pics of the car!

Nice job on the models. Gives me something to look for when I head there in April!

Nice score on the Mach 1! Being black makes it even better! Post some details when you pick it up!

Hey Mark; I've just started uploading photos, I'll post a Dropbox link for you, and anyone else interested, shortly. Would love to catch up and chew the fat. I'm in Perth, if you're heading over let me know. Can share some great spots for you to haunt in Japan too, been going there for a few years now. The pow is the best in the world, imo.

...Mickus
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