It isn’t uncommon for manufacturers to keep collections of their more interesting and historically important vehicles, but usually they keep these collections on display for the world to enjoy. Well it seems MazdaUSA has taken a bit of a different approach with their stash of important cars, as they have them sitting in the basement of their Californian facility. These cars do get out every once in a while, but it’s usually to hit Laguna Seca or some other type of special event!
While Mazda is a Japanese company, they have a long and important history here in the States. There’s no doubt that the brands most iconic car is the Miata and while there are plenty of people who hate on these cute little sports cars, there isn’t a car out there that has been used more in racing than the mighty Miata. This facility houses more than just a couple Miatas, ranging from the red, white and blue trio that debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show to the lovely M Coupe that was shown at the New York Auto Show. If you are a Miata fan, this is the collection to see!
Oh and if you have a thing for the quirky rotary engine, they have lots of those in here. There’s a 1967 Cosmo, a Luce coupe, an Eunos Cosmo, countless RX-7 race cars and several of the incredible 787 based prototype race cars! I’d love to spend an afternoon just studying the evolution of the rotary engine from the original Cosmo all the way up to the R26 powered 787B. It would be an incredible experience to just get to see all of these special cars all gathered together!
It might be more dramatic to see this collection if they were all dusty and abandoned, but I’m happy to see that these cars are actually being maintained and not left to fall in disrepair. I’d say every one of the cars here has a special story, whether it has to do with racing or being the very first one on our shores! I only wish they’d let me come and drive each and everyone of them, especially if they’d let me take them all out on Laguna Seca. That probably won’t be happening anytime soon, so for the time being we can at least enjoy these great photos Myles Kornblatt took. You can see the rest of his photos and read more about this basement full of Mazdas here on BoldRide.