Tuesday, November 6, 2018

From The Pen of Giugiaro: 1972 Mazda 1800 Luce Sedan

The Mazda Luce isn't just another random Japanese classic from the early 70s...because it was styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Bertone Design Group and looks more Lancia than Mazda. Unfortunately the car was a flop when it was new and only a few where imported and a smaller number have survived the rust over the years...so I'm pleasantly surprised the few remaining are so cheap. Find this 1972 Mazda 1800 Luce sedan offered for $2200 in Olympia, WA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1972 Mazda 1800 Luce 
fuel: gas 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
Selling my Mazda 1800 sedan.
Great starting point for restoration.
Should be considered a running, driving project.
New brakes front and rear as well as shocks, rebuilt front suspension.
Sidedraft intake with a 40mm Weber. 
Engine has an oil leak at the pan.
Converted at some point from an automatic to 5 speed manual.
Electronic ignition and recent tune up.
Converted lug bolt pattern to 4x114 to ease wheel selection (original is 4x120)
New 15" tires on American Racing wheels.
Solid floors and trunk, rust in the tops of the front fenders and around gas filler. I have a patch panel for the gas filler.
Interior is missing carpet but the door panels, headliner and dash are in good shape.
Can send more pic's upon request.

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  1. Replies
    1. Great styling on this 4 door.

    2. It's like a Lancia with a BMW greenhouse grafted on. What a trip. It really is a blend of Japanese, Italian, and German. Without the Mazda badges it wouldn't have much visually to connect it to Japan.

      Another beautiful Giugiaro masterpiece. One of the best batting averages in all of automotive design, maybe better than Earl and Loewy. Way more hits than misses, and the hits were typically home runs. I wish modern designers had his eye for elegance and detail. Sadly, I don't think this level of automotive design will ever return.

    3. Not without some serious advancements in metallurgy or composites pricing. You hit the mark...the greenhouse was Giugiaro’s wheelhouse.

  2. Great looking car. Looks like someone left a BMW 5 series in the dryer too long..

    - Average Bear

  3. That is the most confusing front seat I recall ever seeing. It seems to be a bench seat with individual adjustable backs and an armrest in the center. At first I thought someone had put a backseat in the front or a two door bench in a four door car, but after a bit of googling I se that this is the original yet strange setup. I can still see shifter remains on the steering column.

    1. Look again, shifter is on the floor.

    2. I saw that but
      "Converted at some point from an automatic to 5 speed manual"
      and apparently they saw no need to replace the steering column.

      I used to have a 1969 Chevy Malibu convertible with a m22 four speed on the floor and Chevrolet had a linkage to the steering column so that the ignition on the steering column and the transmission were interlocked somehow. It made for all sorts of interesting failure modes.

    3. You're right, the CL add had a better picture showing that and I should learn to read.

    4. No problem, we are all friends here.
      I just realized that the greenhouse looks very much like Pietro Frua's original Maserati Quattroporte

  4. I really love this car! I wish I was in a place to pick it up. Easy to afford and really interesting.

  5. I'm loving this Mazda, and the price (for what the car is) is very reasonable.

  6. This has major potential for anyone that likes interesting and uncommon rides (so I probably just described everyone who frequents this site). Keep it stock outside and give it a nice update in HP with a JDM heart transplant?

    1. It's a Mazda so I think you'd have to do a rotary swap.

    2. The rotary would be very cool and appropriate in light of the Maker, but the easiest swap (I think) would simply be a Miata drivetrain. It would be a small bump in output, and retain the character of the car nicely.

  7. Fiat BMW... Fix it again Terrell.


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