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Car Of The Day : July 26, 2017; Tomica '81 Mazda Familia 1500 XG
Topic Started: Jul 25 2017, 10:55 PM (257 Views)
craftymore
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Support your local demo derby.

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Tomica's 1981 Mazda Familia 1500 XG is the car for today.

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The Mazda Familia, also marketed prominently as the Mazda 323 and Mazda Protegé, was a small family car that was manufactured by Mazda between 1963 and 2003. The Familia line was replaced by the Mazda3/Axela for 2004.

It was marketed as the Familia in Japan. For export, earlier models were sold with nameplates including: "800", "1000", "1200", and "1300". In North America, the 1200 was replaced by the Mazda GLC, with newer models becoming "323" and "Protegé". In Europe, all models after 1977 were called "323".

The Familia was also rebranded as the Ford Laser and Ford Meteor in Asia, Oceania, Southern Africa, some Latin American countries and, from 1991, as the Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer in North America.


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The Familia AP (323 in most of the world, GLC for "Great Little Car" in North America) debuted in January 1977 as a rear-wheel-drive subcompact, replacing both the Grand Familia (818) and the preceding Familia (1000/1300). There was a choice of hatchbacks and station wagon bodies, both available with a three- or five-door bodystyle. The station wagon version was a bit later, first being introduced in June 1978, which also meant that the commercial versions based on the 1970 Familia could finally be retired. Three Mazda engines were available, the 985 cc PC, 1,272 cc TC, and the 1,415 cc UC (introduced in March 1978). The 1.0-liter unit was only made for export markets. The new Familia shared many parts with the older Mazda Grand Familia. This was the first appearance of the 323 name, for export markets only.

In June 1979 the 323/Familia underwent a facelift, replacing the previous round headlights with rectangular units which were designed as a single unit along with the grille. The new style was in line with that of the recently released Mazda Capella/626 (CB).[31] Other minor differences occurred along with the facelift.


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Pegers
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now that is a good piece of diecast.
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juantoo3
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It looks well made, as I would expect from Tomica.
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426maxwedgie
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:lol: SPORTS!
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Ripa
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Loving the car. I had a 1982 sedan as a "summer/hobby car" for a couple years.

The model year is incorrect IMO, I think the first FWD 323/Familia appeared in the late 1980 for the 1981 model year
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pjedsel
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:thumbup: Tomica has made a great model! Looks sharp in red. My wife and I owned a pair of the later Protege's - mine was the one that got destroyed in a wreck in 2001...most of the front was destroyed - but we all basically walked away from it! :D
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Pegers
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i took a 2nd look and it looks even better than before.
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ivantt
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New casting? Quick! Take it apart!
So this was a Mazda? From most views, it sure looks like a ____________.

Fill in the blank with your favorite answer. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
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I had not seen a "sports!" tampo version before this.
There are two castings to watch for on this Familia. This is one of the earlier versions; later versions have the sunroof deleted, different hood, and added body work including side skirts and a rear spoiler (but the base remains the same on both versions).

Here are 5 from my collection, including two of the older casting (right side), and three of the newer casting (left side):

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Jul 29 2017, 04:52 PM
So this was a Mazda? From most views, it sure looks like a ____________.

Fill in the blank with your favorite answer. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
Ford? ;)
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DinoMom
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Reminds me of an early Fiesta mixed with a Peugeot 205...
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