Thanks for the updates and pictures! I still envy you! This totally facinates me.. i'm not sure about the rest of you guys, but seeing original mazdas in original trim and specification, the differences in available options in different countries and the factory extras the person that purchased the car opted for is just incredible!! just so many variants across the rx3 range and yet it is still a very rare car in all types! with all these options and 30 or so years for things to be changed or go missing, not too many cars are alike.
Then to find a car like this one, in tact, in a wrecking yard, where they make a living from buyng and selling old cars!! yet they dont seem to realise the value of some of the cars in there posession, to me that is just crazy! its like an antique dealer who knows nothing for antiques, or a real estate agent with no idea on house value!!
This rx3 is definately a very rare mazda with the total sale numbers you just mentioned it shows why this is a sort after car.
I do agree to part it out would be tragic, but that said, if your not in a position to build it, then parting it out to true mazda enthusiasts would be the best thing for a car like this. And for you, selling parts in bundles to guys like Keith etc would not only patch the hole in your pocket but help a guy build perfect a replica, as there is nothing harder than buying rare car parts for a rare model that was never released in your country. You should feel good that you helped someone out big time, even if it was by dismantling a rare car. As mentioned earlier, when I came across a guy parting up an rx3 wagon I bought as much as I could afford at the time, for a couple reasons - it not only gave me what I needed but it all came off 1 car, it was all in good condition and i'm proud to give that little US wagon from Georgia life again! and i'm still looking for them!! good luck with it please keep the updates coming!