First displayed in the 1970 Tokyo Auto Show, the Mazda RX-500 was a rotary-motored exploration into car safety with its lightweight plastic body construction, and extensive rear light arrangements to indicate its movement.
While those features are neat to have, that is not the reason why I brought this 1:64 Kyosho model car home with me. This concept car looks more at home with European marques with its ultra-low, mid-engined stance, Miura-esque bonnet louvres, Kamm tail and single pantograph wiper. It must have made an impact in 1970 when Mazda unveiled it to the crowd. In 2009, it reappeared in front of the crowd again in the same venue.
It continues to look nothing out from Mazda’s stable. If it weren’t for this diecast hobby, I probably would not have known about its existence. And let’s not forget...
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