As part of its continuing celebration of its 100th anniversary, Mazda has produced a short film covering its most significant classic models. Beautifully shot with a 15-minute runtime, it covers the company’s early history before delving into several milestone cars and what makes them special.
The video starts with the Mazda Type-GA three-wheeled truck, before moving onto the revolutionary R360, Familia, and Luce. The rotary era begins with the 1967 Cosmo Sport, followed by the Cosmo AP and original SA22C Savanna RX-7. Finally, there’s two of Mazda’s most popular models, the BD Familia and NA Roadster/Miata. Then Mazda’s head of design Ikuo Maeda talks a bit about how they got the inspiration for the 100th anniversary cars. It’s definitely worth a watch for anyone with an interest in one of Japan’s most unique carmakers.
The Luce, to me, is one of the most stunningly beautiful cars of all time. That along side the Isuzu 117 Coupe, both a collaboration with Giorgetto Giugiaro. I’m beyond old school. I’m Jurassic.
Even more gorgeous was the R130 B-pillarless coupe version.
I miss the days of all that glass. Cars today look like they have slits like gun ports. I wish there was a high-tech solution like polycarbonate glazing & carbon fiber pillars.
I agree. The Luce’s (in 1500 and 1800 forms) were very popular in Canada where I lived in the
70’s. Everybody loved their looks. Don’t think they were ever imported to the U.S., however.
Is there a little revisionism going on with Mazda tied to red?
The Soul Red they’ve been using the last couple of years is amazing, but the racing liveries and corporate logo were blue for a long time.