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For FORDsakes

30 June 2011 2 Comments
I was interviewed on Good Hope FM for the Boost Day, Rides and Vibes by Ready D. We spoke about my car and my role in the car community. It all started with confusion. He thought that it was a Mazda! Well, to cut out confusion, let me explain as I get this all the time…
The Ford Laser is a restyled version of the 323 models produced by Mazda in Japan from 1980 onwards. The model remained in production in South Africa, as an entry-level model, also being sold as the Ford Tonic until 2003. A locally designed pick-up based on the Familia front end, called the Rustler was also produced, and sold as the Ford Bantam. From 1991 to 1994 Samcor also produced and sold the 323 with the 2.0L 16-valve DOHC FE engine from the Mazda 626 and badged it 200i. Along with the 2.0L 16-valve DOHC engine there were upgrades to the suspension and braking system. Still, the 1.6 litre GT-Ae homologation car was more powerful. In 1991, the South African-made model was exported to the United Kingdom as the Sao Penza and fitted with a 1.3L fuel injected engine.
I went a step further and added my own unique style, Cape Flatz style. I also removed all the badges, Euro style! Once again, shout out to Anwar, Deon aka Ready D, Ashfaaq Bux, Zaid and Ebrahim for the chats, laughter and inviting me! Nog petrol koppenossies!
Until then…God Bless!



  • HardShoulder said:

    Not very informative… I thought there would have been much more detail, like some mention about the safety belts and beadings or even how later in life the cars were made with less kit for cost purposes…


  • Ruan said:

    I had a Mazda 323. Then I sold it on http:www.automart.co.za . I regret selling it to this day. Was one of my best cars ever!


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