In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Japanese carmakers introduced new luxury marques for big sedans sold in the United States. There was the Acura Legend, the Lexus LS, and the Infiniti Q45, and Mazda tried to get in the game with an Americanized Luce badged as the 929. About a decade later, I picked up a 250,000-mile 929 with bent front bodywork for $50, thinking I'd throw on some junkyard body parts and make a few bucks. It turned out that no 929 body parts were available, because nobody bought this car new, and so I'd be forced to part it out or crush it... but after driving it for a few days I realized that it was a really good car. Plenty of power (for the era), rear-wheel-drive, well-laid-out interior, and comfort up to the level of the high-buck sedans sold by Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. These days, hardly anyone remembers the 929, which is a bit saddening. What's your favorite forgotten car?

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