Mazda 808/1500/Capella/RX-2/RX-3 - 2018 market review

By: Cliff Chambers, Unique Cars magazine

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Piston-engine cars become more rare thanks to rotary conversions

Mazda 808/1500/Capella/RX-2/RX-3 - 2018 market review
Mazda Capella

Mazda 808/1500/Capella/RX-2/RX-3

No your eyes are not playing tricks. The average asking price early in 2018 for a two-door Mazda RX3 did top $100,000.

Whether the couple of high-priced cars in our sample sell and for how much relies on how many buyers are keen to own a rotary with race breeding.

Early R100 coupes pitched above $100,000 might prove untenable but RX2 and RX3 sedans offered at $55,000 and $70,000 respectively look closer to reality.

Older Mazdas with conventional engines are moving upwards in line with their rotary-engined counterparts but there’s still a risk that those 808 coupes or sedans and four-cylinder Capellas will fall victim to the rotary conversion trade.

1200/1300 Sedan $12,230 [13] 

808 Sedan $22,250 [4]

Capella $25,335 [3] 

RX2 Sedan $56,080 [6] 

RX3 Sedan $70,110 [8]

RX3 Coupe $134,250 [2]

Capella & RX2 buyer guide 2018

[*] = number of recorded sales

(Note: concours & special cars may demand more.)

Numbers from our 2018 Japanese Classic Car Value Guide.

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