Is it Halloween already? My uncle Louie always used to say; “You’ve got a problem when your NOS bottle is bigger than your crash helmet.” We miss uncle Louie and his wisdom dearly, but a ride in this next car would probably reanimate old Louie’s corpse…and that isn’t something we need at this time. Find […]
The Mazda 323 was a pretty forgettable economy car sold in America based on the Japanese Mazda Familia, but there was an exception. Mazda sold an all-wheel-drive GTX version that put some rally performance into the light chassis and many had been turned into rally racers over the years. But today, we’ve got a stock […]
Sometimes you need a car that is just a car. It doesn’t need to be a statement about how rich you are (ahem Mercedes-Benz owners), or how eccentric you are (ahem Saab Owners) or how
sporty old you are (ahem, Corvette owners). Sometimes a car just needs to get you from point A to point B in reasonable comfort…but it better well darn have a manual gearbox and a hint of fun from the driver’s seat. For less than $4k I don’t think you can get a newer car than a Mazda 3. Prove me wrong. Find this 2011 Mazda 3 offered for $3,950 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
If you don’t believe in wormholes and alternate universe theories, this next car might change your mind. It is the ultimate in bearded Spock mind chicanery and it includes many elements that would seem normal in a mildly altered universe. Fastback Miata…sure. Stars and moons on door inserts…why not? Matching stars and moons on gauge […]
The Triumph Spitfire was a small 2 seat convertible manufactured by the boys in the West Midlands from 1962 to 1980. It was a light, simple, low-power, little roadster that preferred winding roads to drag strips…but it wasn’t known for long term reliability. Enter the Mazda Miata — it took up where the MG and the Spitfire left off — open air motoring with durability and reliability. So what’s a British car enthusiast to do? Do you give in to the siren song of the MX-5 or do you shove all of those highly refined parts under the skin of a some old British piece and hope that rust doesn’t ruin your restomod dreams? Find this 1975 Triumph Spitfire with MX-5 power offered for $9,950 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
Tipper Art sent in a sweet Mazda 5 wagon with a 5-speed manual the other day and I thought it was a bummer that it wasn’t the third generation Mazda 5 that was available with a 6-speed and the more torquey 2.5 liter MZR 4-banger…and then I found this smiling face on my local craigslist. Still needs the upgrade to the JDM Karakuri 7-seat setup. Find this 2014 Mazda 5 Sport with 6-speed offered for $10,500 in Santa Monica, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: I totally forgot Mazda put a stick in a minivan!! Could be a fun DD for someone to haul around drums or kids or all sorts of bulky items. Yup, only Mazda would put a 5-speed in a car that seats 6 people (7 with the JDM center seat setup known as the Karakuri seating system, which apparently didn’t meet USA crash standards but was good enough for Japanese and ROW). Find this 2009 Mazda 5 Touring offered for $4,400 in East Windsor, CT via craigslist.
1980’s were known as the Golden Age of Rally. Fire breathing Group B cars ran rampant throughout the forests in the early part of the decade, and then tragically it was all over. The meek inherited the woods in the form of production-based Group A cars, and a few of them made it to The Land of the Free. Plucky little Mazda took it’s cooking 323 hatchback and turbo-charged it along with outfitting it with AWD and a locking center diff. Shockingly, it wasn’t forbidden fruit in the U.S., and it was sold in showrooms across the U.S. next to it’s tamer siblings. Of course, you know the rest of the story; it didn’t sell, only moving around 1,200 units in the 2 years here. Find this 1989 Mazda 323GTX offered for $6,500 in Orange County, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from FuelTruck who writes: What is it with Texans in that they seem feel the need to “truckify” everything? No clue, but this thing is kinda awesome, and I want it. For half of the asking price. Find this 1997 Mazda Miata MX-5 offered for $5000 in Lago Vista, TX via craigslist.
This next car is a custom Mazda is a bit of a puzzle. It looks like the builder started to build a lightweight racing-prepared Mazda by building a tube frame cage. A few weeks later, the builder decided to tubify the rear end…and then the front…and eventually it just devolved into a tube frame-semi-unibody racer that weighs as much as the tailgate on an old truck. Find this 1995 Mazda Miata offered for $4000 in Centerton, AR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!