Mazda 323 Tyres
- The earlier models of the 323 fitted 155/80R13 tyres. For this size we recommend the 155 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF.
- These tyres would best fit an Michelin 13D inner tube.
- Some models fitted slightly larger rims (5.5Jx13 ET45 rather than 5Jx13 ET45) these models are better suited to a 175/70R13, and our recommendation for this size is the 175/70 VR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36.
- These tyres would best fit a Michelin 13E inner tube.
- For Mazda 323 tyres on 14" rims a set of 165 HR 14 Michelin XAS will do the best job.
- For these tyres Longstone recommends the Michelin 14D inner tube.
- Inner tubes are not essential for most radial tyres, but they can still be the better option when compared to going tubeless. For more information, see our inner tube guide.
Mazda 323 Recommended Tyres
Other Options for Mazda 323 Tyres
Independent Tyre Test - The Results
In the world of modern tyres it is commonplace to come across a tyre test. Sadly in the world of classic tyres, the investment never seems to be there to do a proper modern tyre test. However, a German magazine in July 2016 conducted this modern tyre test using classic tyres. This classic tyre test has been translated from German to English. What is remarkable in this tyre test is quite how well the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 classic tyre performed in the table at the end. The scores in this table are not scored in relation to the other tyres in the test, so when a score of 1 is recorded, then that is a perfect score for a classic tyre or a modern tyre. It is wonderful to see that these classic PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 tyres can give such exemplary results.
History of the Mazda 323
Mazda's automotive aspirations for the early 1960s included expanding in tandem with the Japanese economy. To achieve this purpose, they began by creating an incredibly inexpensive Kei car, the R360, in 1960, with the intention of progressively introducing larger and more expensive automobiles when Japanese buyers grew able to purchase them. A bigger "Mazda 700" prototype was displayed as a preview, testing the waters, during the eighth Tokyo Motor Show in 1961, and served as the foundation for the impending Mazda Familia. Meanwhile, the Mazda Carol, a four-door variant of the R360, was released in 1962 and was withdrawn in 1964.
The first Familia, designed by a teenage Giorgetto Giugiaro while working at Carrozzeria Bertone, debuted in October 1963. In keeping with Mazda's philosophy of progressively introducing private automobiles (a luxury in Japan at the time), the original Familia was only offered as a commercial two-door wagon known as the Familia van. The van was supplemented in April 1964 by a more luxurious Familia wagon, a four-door sedan in October, and a two-door sedan in November. The sedan variants' "flat deck" appearance was purportedly influenced by the Chevrolet Corvair. Foglights in the grille and extra chrome trim were added to private vehicle variants. In other markets, the Familia was known as the 800.