In 1978, when UK inflation hit a six-year low, the Bee Gees dominated the charts and flared trousers were the height of fashion, Mazda unveiled the RX-7 in Japan.

Its compact yet powerful rotary engine allowed the power unit to be mounted lower and further back, resulting in excellent road holding.

The original RX-7 ‘FB’ proved a huge success, and more than 470,000 driving enthusiasts bought one before the second generation ‘FC’ model was introduced with turbo power in 1985.

The third generation ‘FD’ followed in 1992 until production of the iconic RX-7 ended in 2002.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Mazda RX-7, Mazda brought together all three generations of the sports car in a film that documents the evolution of the most successful model to be powered by a rotary engine. It is well worth a look, and can be found below.