Mazda has managed to make a lot of interesting cars over the years. From their early 360cc Kei-class cars to their dogged loyalty to the rotary engine, to the raw, pure joy of a Miata, and even using such deeply geeky things as Miller-cycle engines, Mazda has a long track record of Not Being Boring. Still, when they…
I somehow doubt anyone expected this Mazda 626 Coupe to flip onto its roof after this fairly massive jump. I somehow doubt anyone expected everyone to walk away from the wreck, too.
Redskins running back Alfred Morris has a huge contract to play pro-football, but he drives a 1991 Mazda 626. Just a few months ago, Mazda took it in to restore it. And now it's about to be the most perfect 1991 626 on the road.
Redskins running back Alfred Morris could have bought himself a Range Rover or a Bentley or an R8 or a Lambo. He decided to have his 1991 Mazda 626 refurbished instead. And this is with over $700,000 in on-field earnings last year.
Remember that horrific "custom" Monster Energy-themed Mazda 626 that popped up on Craigslist a few weeks ago? Of course you do. You can't un-see stuff like that. We were quick to dogpile on that car because of its hideous looks, but it turns out there's kind of a sad and touching story there.
A good rule of thumb for car tuning, and life in general, is that just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do something. This "completely custom" Mazda is proof of this rule. It's also proof that Monster Energy drinks will destroy your brain eventually.
Most Mazda racers enter Miatas or RX-7s, but you're actually better off- statistically speaking- with a Protege, 323, or other Mazda. 626s haven't done so well, but otherwise Mazdas have done great.
I must admit that the Mazda 626 has spent its entire existence without really registering on my personal automotive radar screen. A generic-looking Mazda sedan with no rotary? Yet the first-generation 626 sold quite well and gained a reputation for reliability... and now most of them are gone forever, fed into the…