1992 Mazda Sentia
Available for: $9,995
Stock Number: 4220
The Sentia was the largest Mazda sold during this era starting production in 1991, fitted with a 3.0-liter V6 engine, setting the Sentia as the top-level flagship of Mazda. Looking to join the ranks of the more elite luxury sedans of the time like the Celsior and Cima the Sentia came with all of the bells and whistles that Mazda could throw at it. The Sentia was marketed by Mazda as having a "front midship" layout: the V6 engine sits behind the front axle, while the fuel tank rests above the rear axle where the power was sent. This was also their first luxury sedan with a proper rear wheel drive layout. Not only was the RWD layout new, but it also debuted Mazda's speed-sensitive four-wheel steering system. At speeds lower than 35 km/h the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction from the front wheels, in order to reduce the turn radius. Then at higher speeds, they steer in the same direction to improve stability and ride quality.
While already on the cutting edge of technology, our Sentia has received the full custom treatment. Full FRP aero from head to toe dramatically changes the look of the car. No longer merely a luxury sedan, now a full-on VIP show car. When the new aero was fitted the Sentia underwent a full-color swap from Mediterranean Teal (5Y) to Super Black which is a far more fitting color choice. The paint shows really well, however, there are a few minor blemishes. The front bumper being FRP does have some spiderwebbing from taking an impact or two, chances are from a poorly angled entry. The body itself has been well maintained with only a few typical door dings to note. The molded 3 piece rear wing, in particular, is a real statement piece that dramatically changes the line of the car. Custom adjustable coilovers get the ride height down to a more acceptable level. To finish off that look a set of 19" Weds Kranze Bazreia bring that pop of chrome to the blacked-out bodywork.
Mazda made sure not to leave the interior hanging, fitting it with as many accessories as they could. In stock trim, they came fitted with all of the powered accessories of the time. Things like a digital automatic climate control with swinging vents, cruise control, power windows, power-folding mirrors, and door locks. The automatic climate control is functioning properly and the A/C blows nice and cold. The dash and center console are finished in a burl veneer to bring in more of the VIP feel. The same goes for the black leather, fitted, seat covers that really look great and also add an extra layer of protection to the seats. Another one-off touch is the lace wrapped door cards which certainly makes a big impact. Due to the nature of lace, there is some wear from use over the years, but all in all, it adds a really unique look to the interior. Unfortunately a few of the lower trim pieces like the front door sills and lower kick panels are missing, otherwise, the interior is in great shape. The carpetings and dash are free of any tears or sun damage from the years. For their first foray into the luxury sedan market, Mazda put up a strong candidate into the running.
Power had to match so they turned to the 3.0-liter JE-ZE DOHC V6 to get this luxury tourer down the road. The bruty V6 makes ample power down low and pulls well throughout the rev range. With a Fujitsubo catback exhaust the V6 puts out quite a tone when you first turn the key that then settles down nicely at highway speeds. After all, this is a VIP setup not a track car. The suspension rides well considering the drop it has. Naturally, since it's not the cushy stock setup it is a little more pronounced over rougher roads. The interior is cozy and surprisingly quite making this a better daily than you would have initially expected. The automatic trans engages with ease and seamlessly runs through the gears. To ensure that the Sentia is ready to turn heads here in the US our techs have gone over the car. With only 81K verified miles it didn't need much, simply four new tires, a fresh battery, new trunk struts, and a replacement window regulator has it back on track! Luckily since this was sold here in the US as the 929 parts availability is much easier to manage as opposed to some of our more off the wall chassis. With its combination of cutting edge technology, one-off looks, and stout drivetrain the Sentia really does bring it into the ring with the tried and true VIP cars of the day. Now is your chance for a true Japanese Classics custom.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.