Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Spotted For Sale: Another one of those 'AE86' that you've never wanted to own - Mazda 323 Astina 'Trueno'
Why the heck does everyone want to make any car with a wedge shaped front into an AE86 Toyota Levin Trueno? Here is another one. So far we have seen the original Proton Saga or some old front wheel drive Toyota Corolla becoming a panda AE86 but this time, someone has decided to make the Mazda 323 Astina (Familia Astina or 323 F) into a 'Hatchiroku' or 86.
The 323 Astina comes complete with the usual Japanese 'Fujiwara Tofu Shop (Self Service)' lettering on the doors. And 'Trueno' at the rear. Why do they even bother to spend so much (or little) of their money making something that isn't remotely a 2 door coupe into one is beyond me.
It isn't even remotely a Toyota for that matter. And whilst the front end is a nice wedge like the AE86, the rear is a chopped off hatchback and not a sloping coupe C-pillar. No similarity in terms of overall silhouette at all actually.
The original ad is here while it lasts and down below. I love the fact that the advertiser states ' AE86 Mod limited edition'. This is because no one in his right mind would even bother actually. There are upgraded brakes which is a good thing and Subaru bucket seats, which is another. The engine looks like it has been changed from the stock 1.6liter engine it originally came with to a more powerful normally aspirated Mazda 1.8 engine. The dashboard and other bits also has been changed.
Actually, I don't mind any of the mods. I just think making the Mazda 323 Astina into something that looks like a baby Mazda RX-7 Efini (2nd gen RX-7) is a better project car than this whattheheckwasIthinking Mazda Levin Trueno Astina. A Mazda that pretends it wants to be a better Mazda is actually better than trying to be something else.
So there you have it...another one of those AE86 you've never ever in your whole life wanted to own. The advertiser wants RM8,300 for it. Ask for a discount if you want it because it needs a respray or sticker removal at the very least.