Das ist mein 1969 Wankelcoupé von Mazda Luce
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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.