Saturday, April 25, 2015

Few Remain In The Cosmos: 1974 Mazda RX-4 Luce

Mazda's rotary engine has always had too much of a reputation for boom-boom for this particular cylinder lover to ever go zoom-zoom, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate a cool collectible when I see it.  The LA2 generation Mazda Luce/RX-4 isn't something you see every day, but it sorta resembles a 3/4 scale 1970.5 Ford Falcon.  Find this 1974 Mazda RX-4 Luce offered for $6,000 in Cupertino, CA via craigslist. Tip from K2Galvin.

The Mazda Luce was badged as the RX-4 for the US market and its Giorgetto Giugiaro of Bertone design was marketed as a personal luxury car, but it was a far cry from domestic big-block front-drive Eldorados and Toronados.

Under the hood is Mazda's 13B rotary engine, which puts out 110 horsepower and 115 ft-lbs of spinning fury into a 5-speed manual gearbox.   It won't be fast by modern standards, but the 2500 lb chassis should be fun in the curves.

On the inside you've got a basic 70s Japanese car setup -- round gauges and a funky steering wheel  that looks like a butt or a face depending on how you orient it.

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  1. Im pretty sure thats a 12a. Could be wrong, but I dont think the 13b quite existed yet.

    1. RX-4's did come with the 13B starting in 1974. The '73 came with the 12A.

  2. Love these things. Not sure how parts availability is.

    what's it cost to build a nice injected late 13B?

  3. Anybody need a repu?


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