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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 R100

In 1968, Mazda added a rotary model to the Familia range. Powered by a 100bhp 982cc rotary engine, this coupé version was sold outside Japan as the R100. In Japan, at least, buying a sub-1.0-litre engine saved drivers money on their road tax. Not bad when you consider the R100 was actually more powerful than rival larger in-line engines in higher tax bracket.


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