RX-7 - Mazda's Rotary Engine Sports Car

The Mazda RX-7

Mazda RX-7

Updated & Enlarged New Edition!
  • By Brian Long
  • Published April 2004 (UK)
  • ISBN 1-904788-03-3
  • £34.99 UK

Enlarged and updated new edition of the definitive international history of Mazda’s extraordinarily successful Wankel-engined coupés & roadsters right up to the end of production and the introduction of the RX-8

  • Advice on buying your own RX-7
  • The RX-7 in motorsport
  • Production figures
  • High quality artpaper production, heavily illustrated with colour throughout.

Mazda launched its first rotary-engined car - the Cosmo - in 1966 and was the only car manufacturer to solve the major problems associated with Wankel’s radical engine design so that the unit’s potential could be exploited and enjoyed. Launched in 1978, the RX-7 provided effortless and uncannily smooth performance, attributes that endeared the model to enthusiasts through several generations of production. With each reincarnation the RX-7 became more of a Grand Tourer and less of a sportscar (a mantle handed to the MX-5); global sales reduced as the car moved upmarket; the final Spirit model was sold only in its native Japan.

The Author

Born in Coventry but now living in Japan, Brian comes from a family with a proud heritage in automotive and aviation fields. Brian turned to writing by accident but since 1990 when his first book was released, he's had more than 20 books published. Brian is a member of the RJC (Researchers’ & Journalists’ Conference of Japan), the Guild of Motoring Writers and a former Porsche owner. Brian has a wife, Miho, a son, Louis and a daughter, Sophie-Mercedes.


Cloth hardback. 250x207mm/9-7/8x8-1/8in. 208 pages. c.400 illustrations, mainly in colour.

Published 30 May 2004 Melanie Carter

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