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    1940 Mazda Prototype

    I'm doing a project and though my book "The Complete History of the Japanese Car" has an illustration and caption on the car, it doesn't give much info and I can't find anything on the net.

    The caption reads:

    MAZDA - 1940

    Mazda built its first automobile in 1960, but the possibility of entering the sector had already been considered before the war, a small prototype sedan (shown here) being produced in 1940. The outbreak of war prevented the company from starting mass production and this was hampered after the end of hostilities by the general veto imposed on automobile production by the occupying American forces.
    The car is a short wheelbase five-window, two (suicide) door sedan with a split windshield. The grille is rectangular in shape, with horizontal chrome slats. There are chrome vents on the sides of the engine cover and the headlight units are chrome.

    Does anyone have any more info on this, or even better, a photo of it?

    Thanks, Tyler

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    Re: 1940 Mazda Prototype

    OK so I figured out what the Mazda guys "copied", at least styling wise. It looks nearly identical to the first gen Opel Kadett, but with separate headlight pods.


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    Re: 1940 Mazda Prototype

    Bump, anyone have any info at all on this? The two pictures in this thread and my avatar are now the top three Google Image searches for "1940 Mazda Prototype" :P

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    Re: 1940 Mazda Prototype

    The german press website just uploaded lots of 'new' pictures of old Mazda's. Great to watch And I found an official picture of the 1940 Mazda PKW Concept



    Looks indeed quite like the Opel Kadett

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    Re: 1940 Mazda Prototype

    Wow thats a Mazda, man I wish I was around those times.

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    Re: 1940 Mazda Prototype

    They don't look any more alike than a Camry and an Accord.

    That Mazda has awesome proportions though. Short and squat with massive wheels makes it look kinda hotroddish.

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    Re: 1940 Mazda Prototype

    Quote Originally Posted by MattCurlew
    The german press website just uploaded lots of 'new' pictures of old Mazda's. Great to watch And I found an official picture of the 1940 Mazda PKW Concept
    Very interesting information, thanks!
    Can you give us a link to that German site?

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    Re: 1940 Mazda Prototype

    Quote Originally Posted by MattCurlew
    The german press website just uploaded lots of 'new' pictures of old Mazda's. Great to watch And I found an official picture of the 1940 Mazda PKW Concept

    Thank you a million times over! That's the first photograph I've seen of the car. It looks rather handsome.

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    Re: 1940 Mazda Prototype

    Sorry for the late respond.. i keep forgetting i should check this forum more often :P The website is www.mazda-press.de. But not everyone can get access to it but you can always try

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    Re: 1940 Mazda Prototype

    Did you guys already seen this one? This was the prototype that Bertone showed people before it went into production as the 1500/1800 (Luce)


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