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  • 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF MAZDA CARS

    60TH ANNIVERSARY OF MAZDA CARS

    Matt Bell on 22nd June 2020

    One significant anniversary which has quietly slipped by overshadowed by current events is the 60th anniversary of Mazda cars. The company was established as a commercial vehicle maker in 1920 but its entry into the car market in May 1960 was with the tiny R360, at 2.98m long slightly smaller than our own Mini but likewise a full four-seater.

  • MARKET TRENDS – 90S SPORTS CARS

    MARKET TRENDS – 90S SPORTS CARS

    Matt Bell on 19th July 2019

    The 1990s saw the resurgence of the sports car, in the wake of the Mazda MX-5. We’ve picked out three of our favourite late-90s performance roadsters, to assess the market as it stands.

  • MAZDA COMPLETES FIRST RESTORATION

    MAZDA COMPLETES FIRST RESTORATION

    Matt Bell on 4th October 2018

    After announcing its in-house restoration programme for first generation MX-5s last year, Mazda has completed its first rebuild on a customer's car in Japan – a green 1992 example.

  • THE SPORTS CAR STRIKES BACK

    THE SPORTS CAR STRIKES BACK

    Matt Bell on 30th June 2018

    From its golden age in the 1960s, the traditional sports car seemed to be killed off by the rise of the hot hatchback in the 1970s. Then the breed rose from the ashes in the 1980s to be one of the motoring hits of the 1990s...

  • MK1 MAZDA MX-5 BUYERS GUIDE

    MK1 MAZDA MX-5 BUYERS GUIDE

    Glenn Rowswell on 31st May 2017

    The Mazda MX-5’s unbeatable low cost, high fun duality means that it’s fast becoming the MGB of the modern classic movement – it’s the obvious choice and with good reason.

  • CLASSIC MAZDA MUSEUM OPENS IN GERMANY

    CLASSIC MAZDA MUSEUM OPENS IN GERMANY

    Glenn Rowswell on 16th May 2017

    Bringing alive the illustrious history of an unconventional carmaker from Hiroshima, the first Mazda museum in Europe – and indeed the only one outside Japan – opened on the 13th May in Augsburg, Germany. Mazda Classic – Automobil Museum Frey, a…

  • MAZDA HERITAGE RESTORATION

    MAZDA HERITAGE RESTORATION

    Glenn Rowswell on 12th May 2017

    Mazda Japan has begun work on renovating a 1960 R360 coupé in an ongoing bid to interest school children in automotive engineering. Last year, it enrolled a group of secondary school students in its Hiroshima home to bring a 1967 Cosmo…