1973 Mazda RX-3 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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RX3s are a rare endangered species, as many fell victim to mini-tubs and over-sized Simmons in decades past

The Mazda RX3 arrived in Australian showrooms in March of 1972, several months after the car was launched in its domestic market Japan.

But while it’s native Japan got a larger range of models and body styles (including a new station wagon), Australia was left with the Deluxe Sedan and Super Deluxe Coupe.

All Australian models were fitted with the 982cc 10A rotary engine with a manual transmission as standard. A three-speed auto was a $341 option however.

For the price of the RX3 when new, shoppers could well have been cross-shopping with the Torana XU-1, Ford Capri GT V6 or even the Valiant RT Charger which were all less than $200 more than the list price of Mazda’s little compact.

However few RX3 survive to this day, especially in such good and factory condition.

In fact it’s almost uncanny after the past two decades to see a car that isn’t mini-tubbed with 20-something inch Simmons.

No, this 1973 Mazda RX3 sedan looks like an absolute peach!

The seller reportedly bought the car half restored, and has since completed the restoration.

The original 10A motor is still in the car, though has since been rebuilt and runs great with no smoke and starts first time.

The interior too has been reupholstered and presents near faultlessly. The seller claims that every part on the car is a new replacement.

The car comes with all receipts, manuals, service booklet and has 55,000 original miles on the chassis.

This is likely one of the best-kept examples of the little RX3 in Australia, we certainly can’t remember the last time we saw one this nice.

The listed price for this matching Australian-delivered 10A RX3 is $80,000.

The car is based in Queensland, you can check out the full listing here!


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