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Before the WRX and Evo, there was the Mazda 323 GTX


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Turbocharged, rally-inspired hatchbacks are now par for the course in both domestic and import showrooms, but there was once a time when these forced-induction econoboxes were built in limited numbers, and in many cases solely to satisfy homologation requirements in various global racing series. We're talking, of course, about the late 1980s and early ’90s—truly the glory years for the “race on fjord-day, sell on Monday” crowd that clustered around the World Rally Championship's global calendar.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/03/06/mazda-323-gtx-turbocharged-all-wheel-drive-rally-car