I kinda have a thing for Mazdas. Even the lowliest Mazda dances like a Braavosi sword master . But most Mazdas aren’t what you’d call beautiful. This 1972 Mazda 1800 sedan, however, is simply stunning. And for good reason: It was penned by one of the most legendary automotive designers in history. Here in the US, the 1800 is exceedingly rare. Only 2100 or so were imported. This 1800 is for sale on Craigslist for the low price of $4500.
In Japan the 1800 was known as the Luce (pronounced lu-che). The name is derived from the Italian word for “light” and the little sedan certainly shines. You see, the Luce was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1965. Yes, that Giorgetto Giugiaro. The man behind the Ferrari 250, the De Tomaso Mangusta, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT , the MK 1 Golf and even the freaking De Lorean.
The Luce was one of Giugiaro’s earliest efforts, a luscious piece of work with soft curves and sharp angles in all the right places. It’s drop-dead gorgeous and arguably the most beautiful Mazda ever made. Until you see the coupe version:
Initially the Luce was powered by a peppy 1500cc inline four good for about 78 horsepower. By 1972, the Luce had a positively brawny 105-hp 1800cc four. In 1969 the Luce coupe was fitted with a screaming 1300cc rotary good for 126 hp.
1972 was the last year of production for Giugiaro’s Luce. This example, for sale on Craigslist in Port Angels, WA, is said to have just a touch over 60,000 miles on the odometer. It seems to be in fabulous shape and it’s just dripping with style.
Unfortunately, the column-shifted slushbox gives it the slightest scent of geezer. Everything else about the car, however, just screams suave.
What do you think? Is it a worthy collector?
Source: Bring a Trailer