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Top 10: Classic cars at the Mazda museum in Germany

Mazda has opened its first car museum in Europe – and the only one outside Japan. Based in Ausburg, Germany, Mazda Classic boasts 45 cars and spotlights nearly 100 years of the car maker's history. Created with the owners of local Mazda dealer group Auto Frey, the museum is located in a refurbished tram depot dating from 1897. The selection of vehicles will change continually, too, with additional gems from the Frey’s collection of 120-plus vehicles destined for rotation into the exhibit.

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Mazda Carol

Launched in 1962, the Carol carried on from where the hugely succesful 360 left off. It might have been a micro-Mini but it still had space for four adults. It is perhaps most notable for the 'cliff cut' rear styling, a theme which would be developed by the Ford Anglia 105E and the Citroen Ami - both of which had steeply raked rear windscreens. Power came from an all-aluminium, water-cooled, in-line, 358cc, four-cylinder - very forward thinking.


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