In 1978 Mazda continued its love affair with the distinctive piston-less rotary engine with the RX-7 - a compact, rear-wheel-drive sports car.
The RX-7 combined great handling with the famously smooth and high-revving engine to establish a classic, especially in third-generation guise.
Its reputation wasn't harmed by local success in the Bathurst 12-hour endurance race, when it won three successive events from 1992 to 1994.
Fantastic, high-revving performance
Great balance of power, grip, handling and braking
Low-rev punch of twin-turbo rotary engine
A classic Japanese sports car
Rotary engine's thirst for fuel/oil and susceptibility to wear
Boot not very practical
Second-generation model more GT than sports car
Good used examples are fairly expensive
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.