Mazda R360


The Mazda R360 was a coupe by Toyo Kogyo Mazda today and Mazdas first passenger car model. Based in the Japanese Kei - class model was presented in 1960. The price of R360 was initially at 300,000 yen and was lower than the Subaru 360 by the then principal competitors Subaru. Derived from the R360 was released in 1961 Mazda B360. Was powered by an air -cooled R360 of the two-cylinder four -stroke engine with 356cm ³ and overhead valves, made ​​of 12 kW (16 hp) and originally came from the three-wheel Mazda T series. This sat in the stern, and drove through a four-speed gearbox to the rear wheels. Unique in the small car class there was to request a two-stage automatic transmission with torque converter. This established his reputation Mazda in Japan to manufacture disabled vehicles. The car was only a two-seater and had thus a disadvantage. Therefore, it was from the 1962 four-seater Mazda Carol P360, as 3-door and Carol P600 as a 5- door sedan based on the R360. Although the interest on R360 subsided produced to him yet, especially for disabled drivers to 1969 and ( Carol ) P360 to 1970. The total production of the R360 was 65 737 units. Only in 1972 offered Mazda with the Mazda Chantez back to a kei car.

Overlooking the rear engine