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 Post subject: Mazda Rotary Collection in Germany
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 7:36 pm 

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I don't know if this has been discussed before or if many people know about this collection this chap has over 100 early Mazda Rotary/Piston vehicles check it out.

http://www.stern.de/auto/service/:Mazda ... 21082.html

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 12:52 am 
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Yeah, it's a pretty amazing collection. I'm getting there, I'll catch up with him one day!! There's a few Mazda's in the shed that he doesn't have though. :D

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 3:18 pm 

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He has a Roadpacer which he picked up in New Zealand early last year, I was talking to a chap here in NZ who helped him ship it to Germany he was saying that he was trying to source a Le Mans 787B for the collection also.

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 9:27 pm 
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Sweet cars.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 8:56 pm 

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Looks like he's got a Series I Cosmo. Very nice.


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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 9:21 pm 

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xs10shl wrote:
Looks like he's got a Series I Cosmo. Very nice.


He has 2 of them!

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 12:39 am 
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[OLDMAZ] wrote:
xs10shl wrote:
Looks like he's got a Series I Cosmo. Very nice.


He has 2 of them!


That's being greedy! I'll have one thanks!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:55 pm 
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Walter has probably the best private collection of Mazda's in the world. He is also one of those SUPER nice guys too.

His enthusiam for the marque is outstanding! A true legend.

Walter has been keeping me up to date of his Luce restoration. I will post up completed pics as soon as he sends them to me.

Your right Timbo you have at least a couple of cars that Walter hasn't got.



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:36 am 

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I met him in the US at a Sevenstock event, extremely nice guy as well. He invited me and my family to visit him Germany


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:53 pm 
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Madaz are the unique engine components still available from Mazda to rebuild the luces 13a rotary ? I cringe at the thought of trying to source even the basic parts to rebuild one of these engines. Are things like the unique dizzy caps still available for a tune up ? This particular model has really grown on me. The one on j spec at the moment (yellow one), are they original wheels ?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:16 pm 
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Hi Gypsy, Mazda Corp Japan do not have ANY parts available, most parts went obsolete in the mid 80's.
I have accumulated many 2nd hand spare engine parts over the years from Japan to future proof my 13A and assist others worldwide including Mazda Corp USA who have recently bought some engine parts from me so they can resurrect their Luce in California. I sent the parts to their R&D department in Atlanta where they are assembling the 13A.

The wheels on the j spec luce are not original, nor are a few other parts on it.

Walter Frey in conjunction with Mazda Corp Japan amalgamated a total of 19 Cosmo's in Europe last August. I have loads of pics and video's from the event if anyone is interested.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:58 am 
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My hat goes off to you madaz for your r130 dedication. I suspect restoring an Cosmo would be a walk in the park compared to trying to restore a r130. At least with the Cosmo there are SOME options ! I wonder if this is one of the reasons Clayton put his car up for sale.... just too hard. I've been tempted to look into buying one of these but I think they are just too rare. The panel work doesnt worry me, but everything else does... It would be an expensive exercise sourcing parts, and where would you buy unique parts like water seals for the combustion chamber.. you couldnt possible use the old ones. It would appear to me, if you have a runner you'd pretty up the outside and leave the rest alone !

Do you know why Mazda never produced more than 1000 of these cars, were they a local experiment to test the water with the wankel or were they a failure due to other problems ? Producing a car in such small numbers is not commercially viable by any means.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:00 pm 
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Cheers Gypsy, I have PM'd you my reply.

Walter Frey is the happy guy on the left.

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Fourteen Cosmo's on their way to Europe last year thanks to Walter and Mazda Japan.

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Moved to proper section.

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I have to admit that it was from his collection that I learnt the existence of a local burmese 4X4 mazda at early 70s.
I ve just shown some of his cars in a French magazine, as quite probably mazda France, "used" those cars for a show/exhibition, and according to the numbers given HE is the biggest collector of (restored) mazdas worldwide.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 2:03 pm 

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He has been at my 2. int. Mazda OLd- & Youngtimer Treffen in Germany with his Roadpacer.... Very kind guy! :mrgreen:

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