AZ-550

CON­CEPTS

Automobile - - Classic -

MAZDA AND ITS sub­sidiary, Au­tozam, put a lot of ef­fort into get­ting the de­sign just right. So much so that it dis­played three AZ550 con­cepts at the 1989 Tokyo auto show and asked the pub­lic for feed­back. Type A most closely re­sem­bles the pro­duc­tion car, with a change from re­tractable to fixed head­lights to lower cost and im­prove struc­tural rigid­ity.

Type B fea­tured con­ven­tional doors, ver­ti­cal head­lights, and bul­bous fend­ers, and Type C ap­peared as a Group C en­durance rac­ing pro­to­type with a bub­ble-style canopy and racy rear wing. Type C was ac­tu­ally the most pop­u­lar with the pub­lic, but Mazda of­fi­cials de­cided Type A was the most vi­able.

TYPE A

TYPE B

TYPE C

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