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Mazda AZ-1

Postby David Regan » Thu Jan 10, 2008 02:07

Hi guys.

I've been looking at the AZ-1 on some Jap auction websites (dreaming :roll:) and wonder about the practicalities of purchasing one (around £8k) and having it imported to the UK. I know of only one car based in Europe and that's the one that's featured via SCORE. I doubt they're easy to insure or get parts for!!!!
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Postby Lisa Balsom » Thu Jan 10, 2008 02:57

No need Dave, just jump on a boat and take your cheque book :D

http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/sales/299157.htm
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Postby Ian Linden » Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:21

Marcel in Holland has one (the Suzuki version, but the differences are cosmetic).

As I recall, he said its roadholding is superb, but it is cramped compared to a Cappo (even less luggage space), and very hot, because the engine is so close to your back.

Lovely to look at, but not an everyday transport, I think.

The engine parts are the same as the Cappo, but everything else......... :evil:
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Postby David Regan » Thu Jan 10, 2008 18:21

Oh my goodness!!!!!!! What a perfect little car!!!!!

I had no idea that the engine/mechanics are the same as the Cappo. Interesting...
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Postby Marcel Spoelstra » Thu Jan 10, 2008 22:11

Hello Cappo and AZ-1 friends,

On my website you can find more information. Please visit:

http://www.suzuki-collection.com/cara/home.htm

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Postby David Regan » Sat Jan 12, 2008 02:20

Thanks Marcel. That's really whet my appetite!

One slight problem though. I'm not too sure I could fit into a Cara!!!!
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Postby Marcel Spoelstra » Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:38

Hello David,
The innerspace is indeed limited compared to a Cappo. I modified the seat rails and gained +/- 10cm extra space. Also a smaller steering wheel is a big help. I am 1.76 meter and fit in. How tall are you?
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Postby Mitch Hawkins » Sat Jan 12, 2008 18:35

What an ugly little car.
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Postby Lisa Balsom » Sat Jan 12, 2008 20:06

And the award for not pulling punches goes to....... :lol:
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Postby David Regan » Tue Jan 15, 2008 00:54

Hi Marcel. I am about 1.80 meter tall.
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Postby Marcel Spoelstra » Tue Jan 15, 2008 17:20

David,

The AZ-1 is a real sportscar. So don't expect luxury like a glovebox
You will fit in but there will be not much space left. Also for me the Cara is not suitable for daily use.

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Postby Donovan Taylor » Thu Feb 07, 2008 23:31

Hi David,

I've only got one thing to say on this - Do it!! Finally got mine about 3 weeks ago (6.5K on the road) and although it's cramped and awkward to get in to it hasn't been left at home on the drive since I got it - it's just such great fun!!!

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Postby Guest » Thu Feb 14, 2008 01:43

PICTURES PLEASE DON!!!!
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Postby Adrian Furniss » Fri Feb 15, 2008 01:00

Thanks for your contribution Guest.

Forum permissions were wrong so you were lucky to sneak in there before I closed the door.

And yes I concur, some AZ1 pics would be nice. Don, it's quite easy to start a new Photo Album (see link at top of page) and upload pictures. Of course it's a bit more tricky if you haven't got a digital camera ....

Photos must be in jpg format and not more than 800 pixels wide and 100k in file size.

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Postby Donovan Taylor » Fri Feb 15, 2008 19:02

Ok, I'll try and get the camera out this weekend.
On the subject of pics is there anyone in the Bristol area with a silver Cappuccino? - before I get rid of my silver Beat it might be rather cool to get a pic of a full set of silver ABCs.
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Postby Adrian Furniss » Fri Feb 15, 2008 21:38

Nice idea.

Your Regional Rep may be able to help. You are in Region 1.
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Postby Dmitri Rogachev » Thu Apr 10, 2008 14:22

One came up for sale in Ireland.

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/450507.htm
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Postby David Regan » Sun Apr 13, 2008 01:12

Seems somewhat expensive :?
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Postby Dmitri Rogachev » Sun Apr 13, 2008 18:43

It sure is. Would not be a fan of the colour either.
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Re: Mazda AZ-1

Postby Jaimy van der Horst » Wed Nov 19, 2008 21:20

David Regan wrote:Hi guys.

I've been looking at the AZ-1 on some Jap auction websites (dreaming :roll:) and wonder about the practicalities of purchasing one (around £8k) and having it imported to the UK. I know of only one car based in Europe and that's the one that's featured via SCORE. I doubt they're easy to insure or get parts for!!!!


I can imagine ... but still - would only have it next to my Cappuccino :-)
Then again ... there is also the Nissan Figaro and the Suzuki GX Coupe... OMG too many choises!!! :-)
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