While British buyers chomped on the Ford Cortina, in Japan, things were rather more exotic, as cars like the rotary-powered Mazda RX-4 proved. By 1972, Mazda had almost completed one of the worst-timed moves in its history: shoehorning thirsty rotary engines into virtually every car and truck it made, from saloons to pick-ups to buses. The plushest of the lot in 1972 was the luxury flagship RX-4. Its 96kW 12A rotary engine was too thirsty for the time though and it lasted less than five years. So cool though!