“It makes great noises!” Jay Leno exclaims, almost inaudibly over the exhaust of this 1973 Restomod Mazda RX-3 packing the heart of a second-generation RX-7. Great noises, indeed.

Aside from the RX-7’s engine being plugged in up front, most of the drivetrain on this sexy RX-3 is from the sportier car except for the rear. It has the butt-parts of a Toyota Hilux. It also is now fuel-injected and only smokes slightly upon startup, but still manages to look, as Jay puts it, “way above the pay scale.”

I want to go to there.