This car is near me and I’m glad all my parking spots are full because it sounds seriously fun.
The Mazda 323 GTX was the normal car-turned-rally-inspired road racer before the Evo and the WRX popularized the idea in America. In the 1980s, Mazda was deep into motorsports from Le Mans to Group A. The carmaker’s Group A entry was the 323 GTX and that, of course, meant the public got a homologation special.
For just two short years, between 1988 and 1989, the United States received only 1,243 of these cars. There’s a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder under the hood that delivers 132 horsepower to all four wheels via a manual transmission. That’s a healthy bump above the max 103 horsepower found in the stock 323 and these are known to deliver more power with a tune and increased boost.
Looks like these haven’t quite reached collector status yet, meaning you can still get them for cheap. To be $7,500 on Facebook Marketplace in Elburn, Illinois with 74,000 miles.