Mazda Australia Heritage Collection Volume III. Part I – 40 Years of the Mazda 3(23).


Prior to my last post on here, I received an email from Mazda Australia’s Heritage Technician, John Robinson asking me if I’d like to come back to the Mazda HQ in Mulgrave to shoot the current 323 display. Of course I replied with a solid yes and a date was set… I was just hoping that my new lens arrived in time. To follow on from what I was talking about in my last post on Subinats, I mentioned (a few times, I know) that I returned a dodgy Tamron lens due to soft focus issues and was awaiting a new Sigma lens. Luckily the Sigma arrived two days before I was due to visit Mazda to shoot the 323 Collection, (I’ll also be doing a separate post on the Targa Tasmania prepped Rx-8 you saw one photo of way back in one of my last visits) but anyway due to other commitments I didn’t really get a chance prior to shooting these photos to test the new Sigma lens. It turns out it does have some weird auto focus motor ‘clicking’ noise, even on manual focus but only when the ‘Live view’ screen is displayed. I’ve read this can be normal and some lens’ are louder than others. My last one didn’t have this issue and in my 9 or so years of photographing things, I’ve never come across this issue. I may have to look more into this but anyway, none of you are here to listen to me whine on about camera issues so let’s continue onto the reason you’re all reading.

The Mazda 323 display was to celebrate 40 years of the Mazda 3(23). The cars you see here had just returned from QLD where they were driven back to back and reviewed by journalists to celebrate the anniversary – you can check that article out on or view videos from Cars Guide on Youtube. Of course there were predecessors to the Mazda 323 dating back as far as the early 60’s with the Mazda Familia (a name which carried on in some countries up until the early 2000’s) but the first officially badged ‘323’ was in 1977, 40 years ago.






Simple is best, especially when it comes to cars and there’s just something about a clean original classic 80’s interior that makes me feel at home. Maybe that’s due to 10 or so years of personally owning (mainly) 80’s cars. They really are now classics, like it or not, some 90’s cars would also be considered classic, especially going by the 25 year or older rule and that’s something we just have to accept, the older we get and the older the cars get, the newer the classics get. To be honest, I wasn’t going to end that there but what a perfect unintentional segway to move onto the next couple of cars in the collection.










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