Mazda 323F rear lights on the Aston Martin DB7
The slightly anonymous 1989-94 Mazda 323F hatchback had it all on paper – decent drive, pop-up lights, Japanese reliability… but it never quite took off. By far the best thing to come out of the 323F’s noble existence was the donation of its rear dazzlers to the new Aston Martin DB7 in 1994.
The DB7 was actually a quick facelift job on an aborted F-Type project at Jaguar that parent company Ford wasn’t keen on spending into production. Blue Oval bosses were keen on getting a new entry-level GT in the Aston line-up, but the thrifty budget meant tipping the parts bin onto the floor.
It’s a veritable who’s who of other people’s stuff – Citroen CX mirrors, Ford Scorpio wing mirror switches, Mazda MX-5 door handles. And of course those rear lights that look much better on the Aston than they ever did on the 323F.