Magnificent 1982 Mazda 626 Coupe Luxury Edition

I’ll be the first to admit – I absolutely love older Japanese vehicles, even though many enthusiasts tend to disregard them. While I’ve never owned a Mazda, I’ve always adored the vehicles the company produces, especially old school models like this 1982 Mazda 626 Coupe Luxury Edition that’s available here on eBay.

This lovely brown Mazda is available in Tampa, Florida, though the seller claims that it spent most of its life in California, resulting in a rust free body.

The seller is upfront about the handful of imperfections this car has, such as a scuff on the front bumper and a few other minor blemishes. Otherwise, the car seems very solid, and you’ll be hard pressed to find another 2nd-gen 626 in this condition.

If you don’t like brown, that’s too bad – the theme continues into the coupe’s interior, which uses a combination of brown and beige elements. Being a luxury edition, this example has power windows and a power sunroof, both of which are in working condition.

On a somewhat unfortunate note, the seller mentions that this example does not have air conditioning, which is a somewhat odd exclusion from a “Luxury Edition” model.

Being a second generation 626, this is the last time the model used a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Just over 51,000 miles are on the drivetrain, which consists of a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission.

On another note, I was surprised to learn that this Mazda has a forward-opening hood.

At the time of this article being written, there are no bids, but there is a Buy it Now price of $5,900. Do you think this 626 would make an excellent cruiser, or is this Mazda too malaise for you?

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  1. nycbjr Member

    Shame it’s a slushbox but I dig it!

    I’m with you I love 80’s Japanese cars!

    • local_sheriff

      Couldn’t agree more; 15 years back I’d simply advise owner to crush it. Though I’d never buy a 70s/80s Jap car myself, I enjoy more and more to stumble upon such examples at mixed car shows, and that they’re maintained and kept just like ‘proper’ vintage vehicles.

      Simply love that beaugly brown/beige color combo, once again it proves intestine colored cars have best chances of survival

  2. Rube Goldberg

    If I had a favorite Asian car of this time period, it would be a Mazda. They just seemed more upscale than the other offerings, and RWD seals the deal. Southern states are the only place you’d find something like this, as the salt took care of these in short order. Nice to see one like this again.

  3. David

    These cars had really nice lines. Good to see one again today. The look appears timeless.

  4. Tom Justice

    I worked on one of these back in the day. It had powered louvers on the vents and would go back and forth to keep the cold air moving in the car. Never seen that on any other car but it must have made an appearance in other places. I also like these cars, they were a pretty big deal back in the day.

    • RITON

      Lexus LS430 has these powered vents. Don’t know of others. And that’s a lot of years in between this Mazda and the Lexus!

      • mike

        think ive seen them in a mazda 626 or millenia?

  5. Bella Gabroni

    Worked my way through college selling Mazda’s and everything Honda made except cars in a small N. Florida dealership. Lots of customers would see the Honda sign and come in looking for an Accord, was my job to show them a 626 or GLC. This was a good looking car in coupe form, the sedan was very frumpy. For ’82 Mazda intro’d an all-new 626, front-wheel drive with very European styling. The 5-door hatchback was particularly good looking, evoking Audi and VW cues but with much better equipment and assembly. I really enjoyed demonstrating a 626 to the Accord shopper, most all were very surprised by the quality and room of the Mazda and given the short-supply of Accord’s at that time, we made more than a few conquest sales from intended Honda purchaser’s.

  6. Poppapork

    My first car was a 1982 mazda 929 (euro model) 5speed with a gorgeous green lit instrumentation going sll the way over to.the passenger side… gray velour seats with brown plastics, outside was green metalic… too bad it was such a gas hog I coundt affort to drive it much…

  7. MarveH

    I worked for a company in the late 80’s that had one as a fleet vehicle. Loved the driving position and the smooth shifting 5-speed.
    I’d be interested but the slush box is a deal-breaker.

  8. John

    I’m not generally big on Japanese cars but this one is a very nice looking car, very nicely styled. The slushbox would certainly not be a problem, my deal breaker is the lack of AC.

  9. 1974 Rx-4

    Perfect for a rotary engine conversion!

  10. HarleyDave

    I sold these new in Kansas City. Great cars. If you wanted AC it was either installed at the port or it was dealer installed.

  11. CJM

    No A/C? Who cares? No clutch pedal? Major bummer! Nice lines either way.

  12. Miguel Member

    I had a blue one of these just like this one. I thought it was an OK driving car even with the auto.

  13. Stevieg Member

    Back in the late 1980’s & early 1990’s I had 2 of these, a rusted red 4 door that ran great & a solid light blue 2 door with the luxury package & a rod knock. My brilliant idea was to put the engine from the rusty sedan into the solid coupe. Never even got started though. A friend offered to trade me for a 1971 Econoline 100 with a 302, 3 on the tree, platform bed & a whole lotta shag carpet. The rolling bordello seemed more appealing to me lol. Never saw any “action” in that tacky bedroom on wheels. I shoulda kept the Mazdas lol.

  14. Lance

    My Mom drove one of these – I think she had to be one of the first people in Milwaukee to buy one. I called it the Japanese Buick. No guts, but quite pleasant to drive. As I recall, top-notch quality all the way around. Great seeing a survivor identical to my Mom’s.

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