Bali: Ford Laser (Mazda Familia) on Longchamps

July 26, 2011 in bali

On one of my tours around Bali somewhere between Uluwatu and Kuta I came across this Ford Laser (aka Mazda Familia or Mazda 323) on a set of SSR Longchamp XR4 rims!
Ford Laser / Mazda Familia (323) on Longchamps
Ford Laser / Mazda Familia (323) on Longchamps

So I stopped and made a couple of pictures.
To be honest: this was the very first time I ever saw these babies in real life! They were even more beautiful than seen on pictures. ;)

Video: Ride height control on Mazda 323 GT-X

January 31, 2011 in video

Why would you buy a Mazda 323 GT-X? Most people would answer 4wd, but this video show you why your wife would buy one:


To lower the car when she needs to lift her shopping bags out of that big hatch! Now I never thought of that! ?(???)?

WTF: Mullet Motorsport Mazda 323

April 24, 2010 in WTF

The Mazda 323 on this picture drew my attention because of the second grille (where the bumper used to be), but upon closer look I thought the whole car was brilliant!
Mullet Motorsport Mazda 323
Mullet Motorsport Mazda 323

This Mazda 323 by Mullet Motorsport is competing in the Granite City rally 2010. I really wonder what hairstyle the driver has. :P

Found at:
AL’s Car Stuff blog

DOTS: Miata hunting! (part 2)

November 29, 2009 in dots

This week more I continue with some more Miata hunting!

First of all this MX5 caused a lot of pain:
Mazda MX5 mk2
Mazda MX5 mk2

It came around the corner quite quickly when I was on my bike. I immediately grabbed my camera, pointed it to the car and turned around to take a picture. I was just in time to take the picture. Doing this maneuver strained my back because I was still sitting on my bike. ;)

This red Miata was parked in a multi-story car park:
Mazda Miata (or 323?)
Mazda Miata (or 323?)

Never seen it there before but immediately took a picture of it. :)
When I looked it up at the license plate register it turned out to be registered as a Mazda 323 1.6 instead of the Mazda MX5 I would have expected it to be registered on. The car was imported to the Netherlands in 2001, so that could not have been the reason to register it as a 323. And even tax evasion (import taxes are based upon luxury options as AC and PS) could not have been the case… Maybe the worker at the register could not come up with the MX5 designation and registered it as a 323?

Last one for this week:
Mazda MX5
Mazda MX5

This originally Dutch first generation MX5 was registered on the very last day of 1992. It is currently owned by the same owner for almost 11 years now! Now that is certainly a faithful owner! :)

DOTS: Mazda 323 mk1

October 18, 2009 in dots

In the October 2009 issue of Practical Classics the editors wondered about an eBay sale of an almost mint Mazda 323 mk1 with a broken clutch: in their eyes the car sold for a large sum of money (over 1000 pounds). For classic Japanese cars of that era that amount of money is actually a bargain. On the other side they commented correctly: try to find another one in the same state!

Well I did not succeed in doing that, but instead I found this good looking 323:
Down on the Street: Mazda 323 mk1
Down on the Street: Mazda 323 mk1

I was a bit surprised to find the car for sale at Marktplaats.nl (Dutch Craigslist) for only 950 euros!

From far away it appears to be in a good state! But getting closer reveals some flaws:
Down on the Street: Mazda 323 mk1
Down on the Street: Mazda 323 mk1

V6? Good joke guys! If the car would have been lowered and sitting on some stretched rubber I may have bought it… ;)
No, the car actually runs the original 1.3 liter Mazda TC engine, mated with a 4 speed manual.

Parked in this way it looks like it is participating in a drag race!
Down on the Street: Mazda 323 mk1
Down on the Street: Mazda 323 mk1

The interior was in good condition: the seats are half (fake) leather, half tweed. The front seats do have covers on them, so it a big question what’s under that cover… The dashboard looked completely original and not hacksawed to make a modern car radio fit.

The car isn’t really rusty. All the rust I saw is only surface rust. In some places the car already had its crusty parts repaired:
Down on the Street: Mazda 323 mk1
Down on the Street: Mazda 323 mk1

So I’d say, not a bad RWD car for only 950 euros! It may be a bithigher priced than the one sold on eBay. However this 323 is drivable, while the one on eBay could not move by itself…

In case you are interested, you can find the ad here!

BTW: I know, the Mazda 323 mk1 is actually the Mazda Familia mk4. Europe already suffered from a renaming scheme due to Mazda and Peugeot fighting over the 808 naming scheme of the Mazda Familia mk3. Mazda changed its name to 818 and by the time the mk4 got launched they decided to rename almost its complete lineup to the x2x scheme. The Familia became the 323, the Capella the 626 and the Luce the 929.