Mazda RX-500

Discussion in 'Prototypes, Concepts and Electric' started by Vasileios Papaidis, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. In the 1970s, Mazda developed the RX500, a dream supercar that amazed a multitude of car fans around the world. After sitting dormant in a warehouse for the last 30 years, the legendary RX500 has now been fully restored. In July 2008, it was put on display at the Hiroshima City Transportation Museum, 38 years after it was first exhibited at the 1970 Tokyo Motor Show.

    Powered by rotary engine, which has been successfully commercialized only by Mazda, the Mazda RX500 recorded a top speed of 240 kilometers per hour. It also adopted butterfly wing doors even before the Lamborghini Countach. As part of his plans to hold a supercar exhibition, Hisahiro Akimasa of the Hiroshima City Transportation Museum approached Mazda and received its blessing to restore and exhibit the RX500. The restoration work was carried out at a garage in Hiroshima, and it was by no means an easy task. The car was missing its key and gasoline tank lid, and these and many other parts had to be remade by hand. One of the engineers who worked on the RX500 said, “We wanted to reflect the forty years of history in the car. We didn’t want it to appear brand new.” The restoration project was carried out by some of the engineers from the original development team with the support of Mazda.

    It had long been believed that there were three RX500s, one green, one yellow, and one silver. However, when a damaged door was being repaired, someone spotted three different colored layers of paint. The restoration work proved that there had only ever been one RX500 and that it had been repainted in different colors.

    Mazda’s spokesperson Shinichiro Uetsuki said, “Nowadays, when kids draw a picture of a car, they always draw practical cars like minivans. The RX500 was made to be the stuff of dreams, and even though it’s 40 years old, I am sure kids these days will still find it wonderful.” The exhibition runs from July 19 through August 31, 2008 at the Hiroshima City Transportation Museum.
  2. Awesome

    oh lol, first pic looks like a GT40
  3. i think i made a thread on this like beginning of last year... but yea, cool car.
  4. looks like the bricklin sv-1
  5. ya totally
  6. I don't think so...<A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/confused.gif"></A>
  7. anyone have higher res of the green one in the woods?
  8. Hi-Res no, only this..
  9. Yes,I think it's very interesting.
  10. Front is spectacular. As soon as you pass the B pillar, it all goes wrong.
  11. It looks like something off of Star Trek rear-ended and fused to the back end of what could have been a cool looking car... I like the front, the rear intakes are just stupid.
  12. i think im in love .......WITH THIS CAR!
  13. that was..... STUPID!
  14. mid engined rotary car.. coulda woulda shoulda been true.
  15. That is really awesome. Im glad this car is alive and well <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
  16. the driver got lost in the woods
  17. the high pitched sound messed up his sensitive ears.
  18. Whoa, haven't seen those pics in like..forever...
  19. you need to be banned
  20. There's one of these being restored at my work.
  21. dope pic.
  22. no, you WANT me to be banned
  23. i thought it was funny

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