Thursday, March 1, 2012

1971 Mazda R100 - 43,000 Original Miles

I can't recall ever having seen one of these in person. That's not too surprising. Back in 1971 Mazda was just getting their foot in the door in the US and most of their dealers were on the west coast.

Mazda created the R100 by taking the rotary engine from their spectacular Cosmo sports car and dropping in the nose of their 1200 (known as the Familia outside of the US) economy car. The result was a car that looked like an economy car, but could hang with many of the more expensive sports sedans / coupes of its day.

The body was unspectacular looking, but the interior had some flashes of style / cool weirdness to it. The round dials and vents, the Alfa-esque shifter and the low, almost sculptured rear seat, gave it a look that wasn't found in most small Japanese cars of the day.

This has to be one of nicest / most original R100s in the world. It has just 43,000 miles on it. The seller, who has owned it for the past 15 years, says everything, including the paint, is original. The interior looks almost new.

Early Japanese imports - which sold relatively poorly, but with their technology and price, set the table for what was to come - are steadily increasing in value. As I write this, this car has 6 days left to its auction and has already been bid up to over $20K by 10 unique bidders.

Located in Fort Worth, TX, click here to see the eBay listing.

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