1973 Mazda RX-3
As the nemesis to the Nissan Skyline – the RX-3 battled and defeated the mighty Skyline in the 1972 Japanese Grand Prix, denying Nissan 50 consecutive wins – the RX-3 represents the sportier side of Mazda when compared to the more docile RX-2. Outside Japan, the Mazda RX-3 was competitive on the track, dominating the Class C entries at the Bathurst 1000 and in the U.S. in IMSA and SCCA racing. Under the hood is the twin-rotor 12A, creating more than 100 high-revving horsepower. Even though not as fuel-efficient as some of the other compacts from Japan, the RX-3 was extremely popular, making up more than fifty percent of Mazda’s sales before the release of the RX-7. While the RX-7 was a pure sports car, the RX-3 contributed much to its design. These days seeing an RX-3 is a rarity and will raise the dander of any true classic import lover.