Cohort Outtake: 1978 Mazda 929L – The Japanese Brougham That Was Denied To Americans

Mazda 929L f

(first posted 5/3/2013)     The CC Cohort has just been the beneficiary of a massive upload of epic scale and diversity, by r0b0tr10t. It appears to be his collection of finds over the past couple of years, and I don’t know where to start. Check it out yourself. Well, how about we ponder this fine 1977-1978 or so Mazda 929L, which sported a very American face, to say the least. Ironically, this generation of 929 was not imported to the US.

Mazda 929L r

But it wasn’t for domestic consumption either. It was a restyle of the Luce legato, specifically for export markets, other than the US. As such, they did not get the rotary engine, which was apparently only available;e on the somewhat less garish domestic version. These were powered by the 1970cc SOHC four that powered the US version of the 626. The first 929 exported to the US was this version, beginning in 1988.

PS: These shots looked familiar, and I realized that they’re used in the wikipedia section for the Mazda Luce. But it appears that r0b0rt10t submitted that, so it appears a legitimate find by this prolific shooter. These cars will keep us busy for a while.