Mazda 1971





    R4 cyl. ohc
1270 cm³
75 KM (DIN)


MAZDA 1300
Saloon: £939 (incl. P.T.)
Estate: £999 (incl. P.T.)
Mazda cars come from Hiroshima, where Japan's third largest car manufacturer is situated, and the pert little 1300 is an excellent example of the attractive range they send here. It is conventional in layout, with strut-type front suspension and a live rear axle on leaf springs. The engine is willing to run to high revs and makes the 1300 a pretty agile car, with a top speed around 90 m.p.h. achieved on a diet of two-star petrol. Standard equipment includes reclining front seats, three-speed heater, two-speed wipers, etc. The estate car has a load platform 4ft. 4 inches in length.

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2x573 cm³
120 KM (DIN)


MAZDA RX-2 £1,627 (incl. P.T.)
A Wankel rotary engine is used to power this Japanese four-door sports saloon with considerable smoothness and flexibility, not to mention remarkable verve! Top speed is around 113 miles an hour, and a 0-60 time of under 10 seconds shows that the Mazda has the teeth to worry quite a few sports cars. Layout is basically conventional, with front engine and rear wheel drive. but the Toyo Kogyo engineers have done their sums rather well so that handling and road holding match the excellent performance of the engine. The only problem is heavy fuel consumption (under 20 m.p.g.).

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    R4 cyl. ohc
1796 cm³
100 KM (DIN)


MAZDA 1800
Saloon: £1,229 (incl. P.T.)
Estate: £1,339 (incl. P.T.)
This is an extremely well equipped 100 miles an hour saloon at a competitive price. Like the 1300, it is conventional in layout, with an overhead camshaft 1796 c.c. engine driving the rear wheels through a four-speed gearbox, with Borg Warner Type 35 automatic if you prefer. There are twin-circuit servo assisted brakes which are powerful enough to let the fast performance be used with confidence. The equipment is comprehensive, with first-class safety features like a laminated windscreen and front seat headrests, besides the usual luxury trappings like pile carpets and four courtesy lights.

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