Mazda RX-3
Debut Series Car Culture Series - Japan Historics
Produced 2016 - Present
Designer Mark Jones
Number DJF78
Mazda RX-3 package front


The Mazda RX-3 (Japanese: マツダ RX-三), also called 'Mazda Savanna' (Japanese: マツダ サバンナ) was a compact sports coupe produced by Mazda Motor Corporation from 1971-1978 in Japan and was the predecessor to the Mazda RX-7. The Mazda RX-3 originally was equipped with the same 10 ampere rotary engine as the Mazda Familia Rotary Coupe (also known as the Mazda R100) but RX-3s sold in the US and Canada were equipped with the larger 12 ampere engine used in the Mazda RX-2. The 10 A engine's output was 105 hp (78 kW) and 100 lb·ft (135 Nm) of torque. 0-60 mph (0–97 km/h) time was 10.8 seconds. In 1972, a new process for coating the rotor housing was introduced, the Transplant Coating Process (TCP) using sprayed-on steel which was later coated in chrome to increase engine longevity. This was applied to all rotary engines manufactured from 1972 onward.

The Hot Wheels casting portrays a racing-inspired modified RX-3 Coupe with internal roll cage, 3-piece rear wing, Katayama flares and a chevron-shaped front air dam with down-force tunnels on either side. The casting is in left-hand drive, as seen on cars sold in the US, most of Europe and Canada. As of 2017, this is Hot Wheel's oldest model of Mazda in die-cast form.


The Mazda RX-3 has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
5 / 5 2016 Car Culture Series - Japan Historics Metalflake Purple Black stripes & '3' on sides & hood, 'Advan', NGK logo, JCCS logo & JNC logo on sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Dark Grey C4SPRR DJF78 Malaysia Base code(s): H52 Mazda RX-3-2016 Car Culture-Japan Historics
2 / 5 2017 Car Culture Series - Race Day Yellow Green Stripes on sides, hood & roof, '78' on sides & hood, 'NGK' 'Yokohama' & Hotwheels logos on side, 'M. Jones' on roof Unpainted / Metal Clear Black Black  C4SPRR Malaysia Base code(s): K14 Mazda RX3-HW 2017 Car Culture (Race Day)--2
2/5 2018 Car Culture Series - Japan Historics 2 Orange GReddy & JNC logos on lower doors Unpainted / Metal Clear Dark grey CBRR8SP FLC07 Thailand Base code(s):