This next hot hatch comes to us from Brian P, who writes: Hot hatches are awesome. This one is ratty enough that it will be cheap but not so bad that you'll have to shower after every drive. It could be the dog hair covering the seats or that this car is literally a hot hatch, but it does seem like a interesting ride. The US badged Mazda 323 was based on 5th generation (internal designation BF) Mazda Familia - a basic economy car for the family, but the GTX version was a rally bred fun machine. Find this 1988 Mazda 323 GTX here on eBay currently bidding for $200 reserve-not-met with buy-it-now of $4,500 located in Mountain View, CA.
The simple and economical hatchback is the Model T of the modern era -- sold by the millions, easy for the everyman to use, but also a blank canvass for thrill seeking madmen to modify. Unfortunately most pre-Subaru WRX hatches use the fun-killing front wheel drive setup, but leave it to Mazda to lets us get our zoom-zoom on in a family car with a turbocharged all-wheel-drive hatch from the late 1980s.
Under the hood lurks the 132hp 1.6L B6 engine - basically an early Miata
motor with a turbo and intercooler, mated to the 5-spd manual
transaxle. This is a highly tunable engine (the seller has already added a few go fast goodies) and makes for a quick car
given the 2600 lb curb weight. Check out Dave Coleman's Sport Compact Car buyer's guide for the GTX, which explains some of the common issues and tuning tricks to get to 180hp.
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