Once upon a time, Mazda went crazy. Drunk off the success of the Japanese economy in the 1980s, they began to throw out all kinds of zany, ridiculous cars that remain lusted after today.

Actually, I don't know how many people long for the Mazda MX-3 now, but it certainly is a product of pre-recession Bubble-era Japan. Not so much the fact that it's a small sport coupe, but rather, that it packed a wacky 1.8-liter V6 engine.

The crew at MotorWeek seemed rather taken by the MX-3, particularly its sleek curves, unique-to-the-car "cockpit that looks like a cockpit," and smooth 130 horsepower motor.

I'd love to see a modern MX-3 revival with a tiny V6. Given current economic conditions, I'm not holding my breath, though.

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