Based on the mundane 323 economy car, the 323 GTX is one of the performance car world's best kept secrets.
Essentially, the 323 GTX is a detuned rally car. The engine is a 1.6L, twin cam, 16 valve, turbocharged and intercooled 132hp 4. Yes, this is a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive car that doesn't have four rings on the front.
To be considered a production car for Group A rallying, the FIA rules said that 5,000 road-going versions of the car had to be built. Of the 5000 Mazda built, just over 1200 came to the US. Not many are left today.
This 323 GTX has a few minor flaws, but is in overall good condition. It's a driver, not a show car, which is what it should be. The pictures in the ad aren't great, but the seller leaves a phone number you can call with questions.
While incredibly fun to drive, the 323 GTX has historically not sold for a lot of money. A few years ago, $3000.00 - $4000.00 would buy the absolute nicest ones available. However, with prices of top tier classics increasing dramatically, collectors are now looking at second tier cars, and the prices for cars like this are increasing as well. As I write this, there are 5 days left in the auction and 7 bidders have bid it up to $2500.00. It will be interesting to see what it finally sells for.
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL, click here to see the eBay listing.