What? Wait! The Eunos 100, Mazda Familia Astina and Mazda 323F aren’t an AE86! So why is this entry part of the AE86 Wall of Shame? Well, hear me out! I found this 323F for sale on the German classifieds site Kleinanzeichen with the text “JDM, no AE86”. Yet if you squint your eyes, you will recognize it as the Fujiwara Tofu-ten. But does it deserve an entry in the AE86 Wall of Shame then?
323F or Familia Astina or Eunos 100?
The Mazda Familia Astina is a Japanese Domestic Market car that was also sold as the Eunos 100. Outside of Japan, the Mazda Familia was sold as the Mazda 323. Naturally, the Familia Astina was sold as the 323F to make it stand out and yet still hold ties to the 323 family name. Yes, that’s confusing yet clear at the same time!
I scanned this photo from my fathers family album, so it is literally a Family Album Treasure. 😉
The photo features my father and my brother standing in front of a Mitsubishi Cordia at our first stop somewhere in Belgium:
As the driver side door is open you may think the Cordia is actually my father’s, but then you were tricked by the photo. The car in front of it (a white Peugeot 304 station) and its trailer both are actually my father’s. You can also find a Mazda 323 (Familia) sedan in the background and behind that something that resembles the rear end of a Toyota Celica TA40.
My father sold the Peugeot in the winter of 1985 and traded it in for a 1984 Toyota Carina wagon. I think this photo was taken in the summer of 1985 when we traveled to France with the Peugeot and the trailer. Presumably I took the photo as only the three of us went on holiday. So this really is a family album treasure. 😉
While doing some research on the Toyota Celica Supra mk2 (aka Toyota Celica XX in Japan) I found this hilarious photo:
There is a Toyota Celica Supra mk2 P-Type parked on top of the last model Mazda Protegé (aka Mazda 323 and Mazda Familia) sedan in a typical parking lot. It is clearly a face-lifted P-type (Performance type) Celica Supra as it features the dished 7 inch wide Celica Supra wheels, the overfenders and the wraparound front indicators. It could be a MA61 or MA67 (sources differ on this matter) but it clearly is (or was) a mint Toyota Celica Supra mk2.
Now what went wrong here? Did the owner just confuse the pedals? Or did he/she try to conquer the Mazda Protegé? Or did he/she tried to park sideways? We’ll probably never know…
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
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. 😉
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
This Mazda 323 by Mullet Motorsport is competing in the Granite City rally 2010. I really wonder what hairstyle the driver has. 😛
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