Luce is the name Mazda puts on their biggest sedan they sold to Japanese domestic market, while to rest of the world it is known as the Mazda 929. This golden brown 3rd gen representation is from Tomica Limited Vintage-Neo (LV-N33a), this Super Custom packs something unique among all Luce sedans.
What makes this mid-size executive sedan unique in its class is the 2 rotor Mazda 12A series Wankel engine spinning under hood pushing out a whooping 123 hp (JIS); behind the engine is a 5-speed manual gearbox - this actual vehicle ought to gain massive Jalop points for these wacky features. Though I’m afraid putting rotary power in a huge sedan won’t sell in huge numbers - kudos to Mazda for having the courage and insanity to make it happen.
Telling from the headlights, this is the pre-facelift model which I prefer before Mazda changed to single fixed-headlamps. I think it looks classier, befitting a luxury sedan of its time.
While TLVs cost a bomb for its scale and size, I was fortunate to scoop this up for a relative low price. For HKD 65 (~USD 8.38) at a shop during a Hong Kong trip in ‘12. Anything from TLV is a masterpiece, passing up on a cheap one would be a crime. I really do envy Hong Kong for its cheap diecast cars, like Japan, it’s one of the places I want to visit with an empty luggage and HAWL until I’m broke.
For now, I’ll just content myself with this funky sedan. You won’t be going anywhere fast in it, but you’ll arrive in style.