Mazda's RX-8 was the return of the rotary engine, and represented – at least numerically – the natural evolution of Mazda's iconic RX-7. That second-generation two-seater, introduced at what was perceived to be an astronomical price point and met with predictably slow sales, has seen a gradual uptick in its market value. The RX-8 has not, and the evidence can be seen in this low-mileage example with an 'ask' of just under $8,000.

As described by Car and Driver's Barry Winfield in early 2003, the RX-8 "actually runs and steers and feels like a convincing spiritual successor to the quick-witted but slow-selling RX-7." I drove one at roughly that same time, participating in a track day at Motorsport Ranch in North Texas. The RX-8 platform is beautifully balanced and amazingly direct. To be sure, you need to accustom yourself to the uniqueness of the rotary powerplant, but once adjusted, the RX-8 is a raucous delight.

Although not fully in love with the cosmetics of this RX-8 Shinka, the low volume of this edition might have an appeal to collectors. Given its low miles, what looks to be clean condition and accessible price point, it would seem worth a look. And the seller's location in downstate Illinois is fairly close to St. Louis; the road trip home would be a great intro to a unique grand tourer.

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