Brick House: 1980 Mazda 626 Capella

Do you remember when Mazda built econoboxes that were fun to drive?  Wait…they still build some of the most fun poor people haulers on the planet, but why is the MX-5 the only car that gets right-wheel-drive?  How much of the BMW 3-series would be converted by a rear-drive Mazda 6…not that you’ll see it in the showrooms today, but there was a time when you could get a Mazda sedan capable of doing donuts after church on a Sunday with the entire family.  Find this 1980 Mazda 626 Capella offered for $3,900 in Vinings, GA via craigslist.  Tip from Matt C.

Mazda didn’t use their rotary in the 626 (similar to most of their other offering in the late 70s), instead they used the
MA-series inline-4, which made about 80 horsepower from its 2 liters
when new.

Thankfully, this coppertoned classic has a 5-speed manual gearbox sitting between the buns-over-mustard seats, because this car with the 3-speed slushbox would be worst than going cold turkey after coming off a heavy dose of SSRIs. 



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