Monday, March 18, 2019

Never Seen One Before: 1995 Mazda Lantis 323F

I was going to file this next car under the heading of "I don't know what this, but I like it" but instead I'm going to put it in the "I have never heard of this car, but I like it" bucket...and as regular readers of this site can attest, we publish some odddd stuff around here.  It was known as the Mazda 323F, Mazda Astina, Mazda Allegro, or Mazda Artis, but you've probably never heard of ANY of those cars because it was only sold in Japan, Europe, Chili, Columbia, New Zealand and a few other obscure that I look it appears to have been sold EVERYWHERE but North America. Find this 1995 Mazda Lantis 323F offered for $9950 in Santa Clara, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt.

From the seller:

1995 Mazda 
fuel: gas 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
Super Clean Car !! 
Car was imported to the United States by a private individual and is probably the only one here 
Only Mazda design by Porsche 

Car is like New inside and out !!!
Very low miles/kilometers 
62k mile or 101k kilometers 
Seat are new and double stitched 
Tires and wheels are like new as well 
Car runs and drives great 
Has current California registration and title in hand 

See a better way to drive a hatch?


  1. Nice shape...that’s writing checks the motor can’t cash. According to wiki, this one is motivated by 81-115bhp, since the 147-pony R was only available in JDM and had five wheel studs. “Designed by Porsche” appears to be a bit of a exaggeration; the designer did at one time work for Porsche but was at Mazda when this car was penned.

    It’s cool though, for sure. And it’s probably more funner to drive since, you know, Mazda.

    1. I used to tell people my Miata had suspension designed by Lotus. If asked about it I explained I rode in a Lotus once and built the coilovers myself so there is a clear connection there.

  2. Someone must have squeezed the 25-year rule pretty hard to get this one in, and in California to boot. Certainly an attractive design, compared to the very conservative Mazda Protege that we were receiving at that time. Mazdas of that era were a LOT of fun to drive.

  3. Thought it was a really clean Saturn when I opened the email...

  4. Seems like its just a family man's MX3. Those MX3's were pretty great sounding little cars, their little 8l V6's sounded like they were flying,even when it was more like just putting playing cards in your spokes :)

  5. Many thanks for sharing this very diverse opinion post where each expert has no doubt shared his best knowledge on the topic. Have more success in your journey.


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