The RX-7 arrives as a 1979 model. US magazine Road & Track describes it as ‘a major breakthrough for the enthusiast.’
Mazda’s commitment to the rotary engine – which almost bankrupted it at one point – finally pays off. The RX-7 proves to be reliable and picks up many US awards, plus a classic win in the Daytona 24-hours.
A single high-spec RX-7 model goes on sale in the UK priced at £8549.
A MkII version of the car hits the British market with more power and torque, a rear spoiler, rear disc brakes and fourspoke alloy wheels.
Series 2 RX-7 replaces Series 1.