As early as 1978, Mazda was experimenting with alternative engine designs, eventually refining and perfecting the rotary (as opposed to piston-driven) engine. In this article, you’ll learn about some of the classic sports cars Mazda created since the 1970s.
The Mazda RX-7 has been through quite a bit in its two decades of production. When it first appeared on the scene, the RX-7 struck just the right balance of sportiness and reliability. These two attributes on their own would have made for a fine car, but its astoundingly low price tag made the RX-7 a favorite with consumers. Going through several permutations, the RX-7 sold incredibly well, even during tough economic times in the early 1980s.
If the RX-7 seemed like a tough act to follow, the Mazda MX-5 Miata didn’t show any signs of intimidation. Simple and lightweight, it eschewed all unnecessary parts and equipment in the name of performance. Affordable pricing brought this fun, powerful car into the mainstream, and it remains one of the finest examples of its breed.
In the following pages, you can learn more about Mazda’s history, and thanks to detailed model profiles and pictures, you can keep up with the RX-7’s many changes.