Group A Homologation Mazda 323 GTX circa 1988
Rare, cool and cheap! Here’s a homologation car made so that Mazda could qualify for Group A rallying in the mid to late 80’s. The ad doesn’t give a year but we guess this to be a 1988 Mazda 323 GTX. Group A was the tamer sibling of the “go wild or go home” Group B that Porsche 959s and Lancia Delta S4’s ran in. Some horrific accidents lead to a ban of Group B and a mandatory switch to Group A regulations. Since Mazda was already running this car they had an advantage against the teams that were scrambling to make their cars comply and ended up scoring three WRC victories with the 323.
This road version sports four wheel drive, a turbo charged 1.6l 16-valve four and 5-speed transmission. Find it on Craigslist in Raleigh, NC with 148k on the odometer for $2500.
Thanks to Nick at MotorCar Studio for the heads up on this one.