I’ve just acquired a 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe with fantastically 70s yellow paint and black stripes. The look is topped off with a set of slot mag style rims on period looking skinny tires. Taken as a whole it gives a rather mini muscle car vibe. The 808 was a piston powered version of the more famous Rx-3 and was known in other markets as the Mazda Grand Familia or the 818 (because Peugeot was thought to have the copyright to numeric names with a zero in the middle). The 808 was powered by a 70hp 1.6L four cylinder engine but others variants used 1.3L, 1.5L or 1.6L four cylinder engines. Transmission choices where four speed manual or three speed automatic (mine is a four speed). At the rear there was a live axle with leaf springs. Body styles included the sedan, wagon, or coupe. The coupe got a sportier dash and steering wheel.
I saw this one for sale a few months back but the timing wasn’t right but it came up again and I was able to jump on it. My example needs some brake and motor work but the all important chrome, trim and interior pieces are all there and in good shape.
Its home but too cold to do much with it (-24C – that is -11.2F). Will pull it into the garage tomorrow. You can see the one bit of rocker rust. The rest of the car is nice and solid.
The license plate was just zip tied on to avoid it getting towed away by an over zealous parking official.
Interior is in remarkable shape.
1973 Mazda 808 original manual and service book. Sold at Kramer Mazda in Calgary in 1972. The previous owner told me a guy from Magrath, Alberta then bought it followed by his neighbor then the guy I bought it off.