This Mazda 1200 Coupe is a superb example of the beloved Japanese classic, having been tastefully restored and benefiting from a rotary engine conversion. Under the bonnet is a free-revving Mazda 12A engine that has been mated to a five-speed manual transmission from an RX-7 Series 5.

Launched in the Australian market in 1968 to critical acclaim, the stylish coupe model added to the success of its four-door sibling arriving with a number of updates that included front disc brakes. An instant rival to the Ford Escort and Holden Torana, the sporty Mazda proved to be a popular choice with buyers.

Today, the Mazda's bodywork and trim presents in excellent condition, with the badges and light lenses all presenting in very good order. The vehicle has been resprayed in a vibrant red hue, and the owner reports only some minor paint blemishes on the bonnet and boot. It rides on 13-inch steel wheels with original Mazda hubcaps, which are all in great shape.

Inside the Mazda retains the many upgrades offered in the coupe variant over the sedan. These include reclining front seats with adjustable headrests, a push-button radio, cigarette lighter, tacho, and a simulated wood-rim steering wheel with alloy spokes. Part of the interior restoration included new black upholstery front and rear, with the door cards also in excellent condition. The original dashboard and stereo present very well, though the tachometer is not currently operating.

Opening the bonnet reveals the engine upgrade to the 12A Mazda rotary motor – the first Japanese engine to complete the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was most recently serviced in December of 2019, with fresh oil and a filter change. The vehicle underwent and passed a registration inspection on 6 January 2021, and the owner reports the tyres are in as-new condition.

This Mazda 1200 Coupe is a remarkably clean example with original factory trims, but with the installation of the characterful 12A rotary engine giving the vehicle a new lease of life. With Mazdas of this era increasingly enjoying a cult following – perhaps as more people who grew up with them acquire them for sentimental reasons – this should attract plenty of interest from bidders seeking a well-sorted example. Offering brisk performance with an intoxicating sound, the car is visually impressive and mechanically sound; ready to be enjoyed on lively weekend drives.

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This vehicle’s VIN has been checked against the Australian Personal Property Securities Register, and there is no security interest or other registration kind logged against the serial number. This vehicle has been checked through the Austroads NEVDIS system, and there are no markers under the written-off or stolen databases.

Car Overview

  • 20,072 miles (indicated)
  • manual
  • RHD
  • Red
  • Black
  • 1.2L
  • VINSTA107750

Lot Overview

  • Lot #02639
  • private Sale
  • Kurnell, Sydney, Australia


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