1993 Mazda Familia (323) GT-R - Rally Homologation Model. No 185 of 500 made. White
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Familia (323) GT-R - Rally Homologation Model. No 185 of 500 made.
This is a very, very rare car, which built by Mazda with only 500 produced in order to homologate this model for international WRC rally entry for 1994. This model is equipped with Viscous LSD, producing 210BHP as standard. In a car this nimble and light it makes for a very capable car given its strong power and limited-slip 4WD system. Drive Bias is 47% to the front and 53% to the rear - which gives this car a better handling bias than Pulsar GTI-R's. The drive train is known to be very strong on these as are the engines, as they're also built to withstand competition use. This example is still completely as standard, so it has been unabused and is still fresh!
We stocked out first example of these in November 2004. As it attracted strong interest, we looked for another. It's taken us over 6 months to find an example to our high standard - to be able to offer as stock!! As these are very rare cars, they're a car that rarely appears for sale in Japan - and when they do, they're often in poor condition, abused or ex-amateur rally cars, or track cars with no interiors, etc. This example is the very best 323 GT-R we've ever come across. A collector's car, for the knowledgeable enthusiast who wants something different, affordable and depreciation proof. Also, being so rare, this car can be registered as a Mazda 323 Turbo, which costs much less to insure than the equivalent (And less capable GTI-R Pulsars).
This 323 GT-R is well equipped with: Power steering, Electric windows (Auto operation on Drivers side), Electric mirrors with retract mode, Half Leather - Half perforated Suede (Unmarked - Note it looks and feels like the same material as used for GT-R seats), Climate control Air Conditioning, Anti-Lock braking system, Original front strut brace, original unmarked alloy wheels, integrated driving lamps, full original fitted mats, factory tinted windows, rear wiper. There's a Carrozzeria / Pioneer 200 Watt CD/Radio fitted - supplied free of charge with this car.
The interior is so clean inside there is not even a hint of wear to the drivers seat (as pictures will show)! The original steering wheel has been removed and has been replaced by a Nardi leather item, much nicer in both feel and looks than the standard item. A nylon Razo gearknob has replaced the original too.
Auction grade is 4 (Original Auction Sheet is available). The exterior is immaculate. There are no wavy panels, nor signs of any repairs, although the bonnet has been resprayed at some time in the past. Paintwork is mostly excellent, although there are some minor scratches to a corner on each of the front ands rear bumpers. There is also a small scratch / pin dent on the o/s quarter. On the boot lid there are some small chips on the bottom edge. Also, the bonnet has some unsightly touch up marks. Each of these faults will be repaired professionally as part of UK preparation, to supply this car in outstanding condition throughout - to our usual standards.
Note that some of the n/s stickers are slightly aged - although the last owner was meticulous enough to supply a spare to replace the rear quarter's on the n/s. It may be more fun to keep the car anonymous and use this as a stealth machine with which to embarrass so called hot hatches of the UK!
The original tyres although still legal, are fairly old and around 2/3rds worn, so to maximise enjoyment of this rally fugitive, we recommend replacing these with tyres of the owner's choice whilst this car's being prepared by ourselves. There are no scratches at all on the wheels, they're in perfect condition!
We have test driven this car thoroughly and are pleased to say it not only handles extremely well with minimal body roll, but drives much like a new car. There are no worn synchros, no noisy wheel bearings, nothing at all to report! The brake discs are virtually unworn! It would appear to us this car was owned by a small and mature driver. From experience, we can tell - this car's never been used hard. It feels very tight indeed, without even a rattle from the interior. We also noted that the rear suspension is adjustable for toe settings, so oversteer or understeer can be dialed in as preferred.
This only the second Familia (323) GTR we have ever stocked. In Japan these cars are usually very tired and untidy. When we saw this example we just had to have it! It will be one of just a handful of 323 GT-R's in the UK shortly (See www.323gtx.co.uk for info on the 323 Driver's club!).
Due to this car being over ten years old it will not require an SVA test upon arrival to the UK. Therefore we suggest that to make this car as affordable as possible, we provide the car unprepared. This means that all the owner would need to do is to MOT then register the vehicle, plus carry out the paintwork as described, if preferred.
This beautiful, rare 323 GTR is available for just £5,750 inclusive of UK conversions, minor paintwork, valetting, MOT, 6 month's road tax, 12 month's comprehensive warranty and full UK registration OR you prepare and register yourself for just £4,950 inclusive of warranty and full guidance support on DIY UK preparation.
A deposit of £1,000 secures for prompt shipment. Please contact us for details on how to reserve this absolutely rare and beautifully preserved pocket rocket!!