1971 Mazda RX-2 Shows Off Its Wankel Rotary Engine in Petrolicious

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the Wankel rotary engines that make the Mazdas of old so great. They weren’t very fuel efficient, but they were powerful, and screamed a unique tune that never failed to make heads turn.

The 1971 Mazda RX-2 featured in the latest Petrolicious episode is a car that reminds us of that time. There’s something to be said about every bit of the car, from its stubby nose and squat stance to its racing heritage and fun character—but what really stands out is its sublime noise, which you can hear in the video as its owner revs through the Australian countryside.

This particular RX-2 is owned by Jason Humble, an Aussie who built it from a bare shell over the course of three years. Since 2005, he’s been using the little coupe to participate in vintage races, often competing against Mustangs and Camaros and ending near the top.

It’s too bad he lives so far away, because we’d love to see a car like that roll in for a visit at Bakersfield Mazda.