Posts Tagged ‘626’

Zoroastrian God – 1981 Mazda 626 Coupe

June 7, 2014

According to everyone’s favorite online encyclopedia, this automaker’s name is derived from Ahura Mazda, the name of God for those of the Persian Zoroastrian faith, as well as the last name of the founder, Jujiro Matsuda. And while you might not have any heavenly experiences behind the wheel (or anywhere else) in this little blue coupe, there’s not much to complain about at the price. For better or worse, the seller’s son used the car to get to high school, and as such, the car should suffer none of the problems of long-term storage, but you’ll want to look closely for signs of hard cornering, braking, and shifting – teenage sons are not known to be gentle on their first cars. You can find this 1981 Mazda 626 coupe for sale for C$1250 ($1144 today) in Lynn Valley, BC.

1981 Mazda 626 coupe left front


A Capella – 1982 Mazda 626

January 11, 2014

Back in the early 1980s, Honda and Toyota were making forgettable family sedans (which are now probably the size of their modern-day compacts). The Accord had not yet been built in the US, and what did Toyota even make before the Camry came out? Cressida? Crown? Corona? Carina? Datsun was also still finding its way with cars like the 610, 710, and 810. Mazda wasn’t much more successful, and in fact, they’re still one of the smaller Japanese manufacturers, but by late 1970s/early 1980s standards, they had one of the best looking offerings, the 626, or Capella as it was known in its home market. The 626 coupe even recalled the BMW 6-series a little, if you really squinted your eyes. Find this 1982 Mazda 626 sedan for sale in Renton, WA for $3600.

1982 Mazda 626 for sale left front


Super-Mega Oddball Points – 1982 Mazda 626 Convertible

January 19, 2010

Well, I’m pretty much the biggest oddball car nerd I know, and yet I’ve never heard of this. And I’m sure if you asked any of my oddball car nerd friends, who are, like me, the biggest oddball car nerds they themselves know, they probably won’t have heard of or seen one of these either. That said, with Preludes, Celicas, and CRXs all being available in small batches of convertibles done by Straman or the like, I’m not too surprised this exists. Mazda 626 coupes of this series are themselves pretty rare at this point, and my only memory of them from when I was little is thinking they looked a bit like a 6-series BMW, and that the mother of one of my school friends drove one. Apparently, it performed quite well for the time, although I can’t imagine its 2-liter 4-cylinder, with a strangled 75hp, could have had too much of that zoom zoom (sorry for mentioning that) feeling.

Anyway, let’s have a look at the featured car. With only 80,000 miles and a 5-speed, it should still have a decent amount of life left in it. Being in a snow-belt state, it’s likely it was kept as a summer car – find it in Columbus, OH, apparently at a dealership, for the low, low price of $1950.

1982 Mazda 626 convertible front