MAZDA R360 COUPE Year: 1962 Engine: 356cc 2-cylinder Power: 16ps This little 380kg marvel — Mazda’s first-ever four-wheel passenger car — was one of the new breed of tax-exempt sub-360cc ‘kei’ cars that kicked off Japan’s city-car revolution. Taking 65% of the market, it made Mazda a household name. Illustrating the rarity of this specimen, Walter describes how its Australian seller advertised it as the ‘best R360 you can buy’. It turned out to be a junkheap. When questioned, the seller calmly replied, “Well, have you seen a better R360 for sale anywhere?” MAZDA PATHFINDER XV-1 Year: 1972 Engine: 2000cc 4-cylinder Power: 90ps Could this be one of the rarest Mazdas ever? This multi-purpose 4x4 utility vehicle was built in Myanmar in the 1970s, primarily for that country’s government, military and police forces. With their no-frills design and tough build, examples served well into the 2000s. This particular car somehow found its way to Hamburg, where it lay abandoned for years before Walter bought it and gave it a new lease of life. Alas, its engine was simply beyond repair, so it now runs a 929’s power unit.
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