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Zoom Zoom Magazine Issue 29

Throwback \ZOOM-ZOOM 08 Stylish chrome trim enhances the 1000 Coupe’s sporty design Under the hood sits a 1,000cc OHC engine with a best-in-class 68ps While the second-generation Mazda Familia (also known as the Mazda 1200 and 1300) was a common sight on the roads in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the 1965 Mazda 1000 Coupe, from the first-generation of the Familia series, remains relatively unknown to all but the keenest of Mazda enthusiasts. Powered by a newly designed longitudinally mounted overhead camshaft 1,000cc four-cylinder engine, the compact 1000 Coupe weighed just 790kg and put out 68ps at 6,500rpm with a top speed of 90mph. And the sporting theme didn’t stop there. Available in either Tropical Red or Pyrenean White, this sleek coupe boasted a four-speed gearbox, rear-wheel drive, wishbone ball joint suspension and front disc brakes. The sporty theme continued with the exterior design — note the chrome trim, the exposed bootlid hinges and the fuel filler cap — and into the cabin, which featured a wood-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel and beautifully styled instrument binnacle with central tachometer. One of the world’s lesser-spotted Mazdas — just 8,931 were built from 1965 to 1968 — it nevertheless paved the way for a series of high-performance models, including the Luce and Luce SS, from 1966 and 1967 respectively, and the era-defining 1967 Cosmo Sport. 1965 MAZDA 1000 COUPE + GET IN TOUCH Share your classic Mazda stories and photos with us. Email zoom.in@ redwoodlondon.com and tag your photos #zoomzoommag Illustration: Arthur Schening; Photo: Getty/Kiszon Pascal Dunlop-type disc brakes provide ample high-speed stopping power


Zoom Zoom Magazine Issue 29
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