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Mazda RX-7 Mark 1

By the time the first-generation RX-7 appeared in 1978, everybody else had given up on the idea of developing a rotary-engined car; even Citroen, since forced into bankruptcy, had realised the technology was fundamentally flawed. But Mazda persisted and this car worked brilliantly; fuel consumption was high, but it handled superbly even though its mechanical specification was otherwise rather ordinary. So it’s a shame that most of the first-generation RX-7s built have since rusted away.

The original RX-7 proved to be such a hit for Mazda that it produced two more generations of the model, including a twin-turbo edition with up to 276bhp.