The Mazda RX-3 is a sports coupe manufactured between 1971 and 1978. Powered by a Wankel Rotary petrol engine its performance at the time was sensational for this type of car. With 109 bhp performance attained 0-60 in 10.8 secs and a top speed of 108 mph.
Several versions of the rotary engine were built during its lifetime all more powerful. Whether Mazda appreciated that it was creating a milestone historical car using the rotary engine or not is unclear, but there can be no doubt that was exactly what it did. Also, the RX-3 was one of very few to attain that accolade.
10A: capacity 982cc with twin spark plugs and twin distributors producing 109hp @ 7,000rpm and 96lb/ft of torque. 12A: capacity 1,146cc with twin spark plugs and twin distributors producing 125hp. 12B: capacity 1,146cc with single spark plugs and distributor producing 130hp with 115lb/ft torque.
The latest records provided by the Department of Transport and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency show that the UK has 6 licensed and 6 on SORN.
Rarity value alone makes the RX-3 desirable.