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1978 - 2002 Mazda RX-7

Mazda RX-7

The Mazda RX-7 is a front-engine, rear-drive sports car manufactured and marketed by Mazda from 1978-2002 across three generations — all noted for using a compact, lightweight Wankel Engine.

The first RX-7 (1978–1985) was offered as two-passenger hatchback and as a 2+2 hatchback with "occasional" rear seats in some markets.

The second generation (1985–1992) was offered in 2+2 hatchback as well as two-door convertible body configurations.

The third generation RX-7 (1992-2002) (1993-1995 in the United States) was offered as a 2+2 hatchback and was noted for its engine's sequential twin-turbochargers.

Mazda RX-7 FD3S Third Generation
                                    (By Takara Tomica)

 
1972 - 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R Kenmeri

1973 Nissan Skyline H/T 2000 GT-R Kenmeri

The Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R (Japanese: 日産スカイライン二千GT-R) was produced in Japan from 1972-1973 as a special sports variant of the C110 Skyline, the successor to the "Hakosuka" SKyline GT-X, which was from the First (C10) Generation of the Nissan Skyline. Commonly nicknamed "Kenmeri" after the Skyline called "Ken and Mary's Skyline" used in TV advertising in Japan, this was also the last GT-R variant of the Skyline produced before the introduction of the R32 GT-R in 1989.
In total, just 197 limited production were ever made over a four-month period and fewer than 40 survivors extant, less than a handful of which never left Japan.
 
1967 - 1973 Datsun Bluebird 510
Datsun Bluebird 510

The Datsun Bluebird 510 sedan, also known as the "Poor man's BMW", was one of the most popular Datsun cars ever made. Built from 1967-1973, the Datsun Bluebird 510 was also known as the Datsun 1600, Datsun 1500, Datsun 1300 and simply Datsun Bluebird. The Datsun Bluebird 510 was originally designed by the Nissan-Datsun company in Japan, but the Bluebird 510 was not just produced in Japan, the Bluebird was also built in Australia and New Zealand as the Datsun 1600, and in Mexico as the Datsun as the 1600. Interestingly, the Name "Bluebird 510" was only used in Canada and the United States, while the nameplate "Datsun 1600", "Datsun 1500" and "Datsun 1300" were used outside The US and Canada.
The original BRE (Brock Racing Enterprises) Datsun 510 roared around the top road racing courses in North America, capturing numerous victories and two 2.5 trans AM Champhionship with ace driver John Morton.

 
1967 - 1970 Toyota 2000GT

Toyota 2000GT

The Toyota 2000 GT (officially named Toyota 2000GT, note the lack of the space; トヨタ 二千GT in Japanese) is a 2-seat sports car produced from 1967 to 1970. Born out of a joint venture between Yamaha and Toyota, the 2000GT was the single car that rewrote how Western car makers thought of Japanese cars. The Toyota 2000GT was Japan's first supercar and the first seriously collectable Japanese car. Only 351 were made, with 60 being exported to the US. the rest being thinly spread across the globe. The 2000GT served as a design inspiration for Nissan when they were designing their Fairlady Z to phase out the Fairlady Roadsters.

Today, the 2000GT is seen as the first seriously collectible Japanese car and its first supercar.
 
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