Junkyard Find: 1985 Mazda GLC Hatchback
When the Mazda Familia first came to North America, it had rear-wheel-drive, its chassis was very similar to that of an RX-7, and it was called the GLC, for “great little car.” By 1981, the GLC had switched to front-wheel-drive, and later in the decade it became known as the 323. In this series, we’ve seen this ’80 hatch, this ultra-rare ’81 sedan, this ’83 sedan, this ’84 hatchback, and now today’s interestingly decorated ’84. We’ve also seen what’s probably the most original GLC in the country, courtesy of Mazda HQ in California.
The hood is painted with a big star and there are “turbo turtles” on the sides. If this is a popular-culture reference, it’s one I’ve missed.
The 1.5 liter E5 engine was standard equipment in the ’85 GLC.
All in all, a fairly generic mid-80s econo-hatch.
The sedan version was pitched as a high-performance economy car.
In Japan, M. Takanaka did the music for Familia ads.
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