Mein Mazda R130 / Luce rotary Coupe

#1 von madaz , 10.07.2008 07:03

Das ist mein 1969 Wankelcoupé von Mazda Luce
Sean

Hi everybody, please forgive me I only know English and the automatic language translation webites are unreliable.

Serrasalmus this a very nice mazda site

My name is Sean. I live in Hamilton, New Zealand and this is my 11th pre-86 Mazda rotary. I have always wanted to see a Luce Rotary Coupe ever since I bought my stationwagon equivalent a 1970 Mazda 1800 Estate back in 1990. After doing a little research on the wagon I learnt of the coupe from a tiny black and white pic in an old magazine and that only 976 were made. The 13A engine is mazda's largest 2 rotor engine and it goes well.
R130 was the name to be given to export models. But mazda did not export any hence the RX-87 badging. Luce is an italian name so it is pronounced Loo-che. The Japanese say Roo-chay rolling the R with the tongue. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro designer of many other cars including lotus espirit,maserati,ferrari alfa and fiat. Also for latest Mustang proto type.

Despite what a lot of other websites state regarding production from 1969-1972 there actually were none produced in 1972 in fact only 3 were produced in 1971. Mazda did intend to export hence the R130 tag however exporting never eventuated.

The text below was other information I found on the internet.

Made exclusively for the Japanese market, Only 976 of these were ever made, 542 in 1969, 431 in 1970, and 3 in 1971 making it even rarer than its Cosmo 110 sibling. It was styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro while he was with Bertone and related to the rear-drive piston-powered Mazda 1500/1800 sedans. This was the only production front-drive rotary Mazda, and the 13A was designed just for this application to give relatively more low-speed torque. The R130 was capable of 118 mph. Based on Mazda's RX-87 prototype, the R130 featured the Italian inspired lines in vogue at the time, making it an attractive-looking machine with performance to match.



























































































Thank-you for taking the time to view my car.



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1969 Luce Rotary Coupe RX87
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RE: Mein Mazda R130 / Luce rotary Coupe

#2 von serrasalmus , 10.07.2008 08:23

Very nice!


 
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RE: Mein Mazda R130 / Luce rotary Coupe

#3 von cb2_meinerster , 10.07.2008 16:14

Wonderful car one of the Masterpieces of Mazda!!!


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#4 von 929 HC , 10.07.2008 16:17

Welcome Sean!

You own a great car. Take good care of it!


M(azda)F(an)G(rüße) Tamer

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RE: Mein Mazda R130 / Luce rotary Coupe

#5 von mazdaforever71 , 10.07.2008 17:49

Very nice cars Sean!

Please drive carefully, because there are so less of them.

Hope you enjoy reading from this litte group of Mazda-mad freaks.

Best wishes from Austria to New Zealand!
Chris (Christian)



[color=#000080][size=85]Mag zwar kein Sushi (jap. 寿司), kann aber immerhin mit St

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#6 von normi79 , 10.07.2008 20:32

Welcome! This is an awesome car. If i ever win in a lottery, i will vistit you with a bag full of money....One of that pics seems to me i´ve seen o ebay. Possible? Is that the Luce for 55.000$ ?

 
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#7 von madaz , 11.07.2008 07:54

Thank-you all for your positive comments, yes I advertised my car on e-bay not because I wanted to sell it but because I wanted the market to indicate an aprox value to me.


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#8 von KÜWE , 11.07.2008 22:42

Very nice indeed love the Mazda badge. You are really lucky to own something so clean and original like this.

 
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#9 von carinchen , 23.07.2008 17:03

wow this is so a beautiful car. you can be a lucky man

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RE: Mein Mazda R130 / Luce rotary Coupe

#10 von madaz , 23.07.2008 21:02

Thank you everybody for your positive comments. Here are some more pics.










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RE: Mein Mazda R130 / Luce rotary Coupe

#11 von cb2_meinerster , 26.07.2008 14:08

Every Detail a Dream


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#12 von madaz , 27.07.2008 05:55

Some more interior photo's








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RE: Mein Mazda R130 / Luce rotary Coupe

#13 von werny , 27.07.2008 09:02

Good-day Sean,

At last I know why I'm driving a 13B!!!
You have the 13A

Do you know why Mazda badged it as ?
Not 1987, not because they couldn't choose between the RX7 or the RX8 (so they made RX-78, eh, 87), was it the house-number of the Mazda director (such as Downingstreet 10) or his age (87), was it the 87th prototype/model Mazda made (such as the P747), was is the trunck capacity, was is the fuel consumption in liters/miles?

And why RX-130???
I never understood that... R100 OK, you have to start somewhere, later RX-2-3-4-5-7-8, ok, why not, but why 130?

Is your (btw, great looking) car lowered or is that the original suspension?

Thank you for sharing the pics!


 
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RE: Mein Mazda R130 / Luce rotary Coupe

#14 von madaz , 27.07.2008 09:57

Why did they badge it RX-87? I dont know. Does anybody else?
Only prototype mazda rotaries or mazda's outside Japan received the R or RX badging.
The luce rotary coupe was the only exception.
The prototype was known as the RX-87.
The R100 prototype was known as the RX-85.
The R130 name was going to be given to exports models, but mazda did not export any to my knowledge.
The R100 name indicates the size of the engine, 10A likewise the R130, 13A.


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#15 von werny , 27.07.2008 12:46

The gearbox?
3 gears / 4 / 5 / 6 / automatic / variomatic ?


 
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