1997 Mazda 323F ZXi V6
Uber rare manual ZXi spec 323F with 2.0 V6 engine in super order from 20 year ownership ready to be enjoyed with glass sunroof, A/C and considerable supporting history
Supplied new by Canterbury Mazda of Canterbury in August 1997 this appealing and really rather rare Mazda 323FZXI (also known as the Lantis in Japan) is finished in Classic Red (SU) and sits upon its original 16” five-spoke alloy wheels (this version was the only one to feature 5-stud wheels) with neat body-coloured boot spoiler the 323F still looks sharp, purposeful and compact.
Under the bonnet, we find the rarest engine option available on the 323F, the 2.0 litre KF DE-V6 24-valve petrol engine developing 147Bhp driving the front wheels through five-speed manual transmission undoubtedly making this ‘the driver’s choice’ of the 323F range.
Inside, we find two-tone grey/blue cloth seats (BJ7) with manual adjustment and grey dash/trim with a very 90’s feel. The spec features electric front and rear windows, electric glass tilt and slide sunroof, electric mirrors, front fog lamps, heated rear screen, air conditioning, digital clock and retro-fit JVC radio/CD player.
The car shows 109,815 miles and looks to be in good order given its age/mileage with but a few marks commensurate with that. We did note what looks like a small repair patch under the driver’s side sill and some paint fade on the rear passenger door/rear quarter panel but otherwise presents well, as does the interior.
The history file includes the V5C recording just four owners, the current for the last twenty years, the owner’s manual pack and service book revealing nine service stamps, the last in July 2014 at 97,198 miles by Station Auto services, the only non-main dealer stamp.
In addition, we find a ream of parts and service invoices dating back 20+ years showing regular maintenance including a recent service in June 2020 and alloy wheel refurbishment in July 2018 and timing belt service in July 2007 at 76,039 miles, purchase invoice dated July 1999 at 21,352 miles for £11,500, old style V5C, VOSA MOT history print out, five old MOTs and current MOT valid until February 2023 recording no advisories. The MOT history shows the car to have seen minimal use recently covering less than 4,000 miles in the last four years.
A properly retro manual, V6 saloon with rarity and style on its side – eminently usable and most unusual on offer at No Reserve so the highest bid takes it home.
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