1975 MAZDA 12 ARX- 3 COUPÉ
If you thought that last month’s barn-find Mazda RX-4 was a rare discovery, then you’ll be impressed with this pristine original survivor. The 1975 Mazda 12A RX-3 coupé is as good as it gets when it comes to an archive record of how they were back in the old days. A New Zealand–new black-plate car, it was delivered to its original owner in April 1975 resplendent in Sunrise Red with houndstooth interior trim, factory Clarion radio, and twin tube aerial. Having been well looked after for 29 years, it was then purchased by Dunedin Mazda enthusiast Geoffrey Anngow, whose family held the Dunedin Mazda franchise from 1973 until 2007. Geoffrey recalls having sold a vast range of new and used versions, not only rotary models but their piston-engine counterparts as well.
As an unrestored car it is a true survivor which drives as if it has just been driven out of a 1970s showroom. It even still has the new Mazda interior smell from all those years ago. This matching numbers car has been driven only on special occasions, and its genuine 55,000km in the last 42 years is testament to that. It shares garage space with a rare 1967 Cosmo sport, a 1984 S3 Nz-new RX-7, a 1975 Mazda Chantez and a 1987 Mazda Porter cab pickup.
This car is currently for sale, and like the quote from the original RX-3 sales brochure says, “The car that turns heads. In your direction”, which this car still does today.
With most examples now having been restored or modified, a survivor car is a rare beast indeed, as they are only original once — and with both local and international values of these cars climbing significantly in the last few years, it is realistically priced at $120K.