A Mazda what? That's likely to be the reaction of the pub pundits when you tell them you've just bought a Xedos 9. With sales of just a few hundred cars a year, you're guaranteed to have the only one in your street and that rarity value may well hold additional appeal. After all, who wants a BMW when they're everywhere?
Along with its smaller brother, the Xedos 6, the 9 represented Mazda's attempt to break into the world of luxury sporting saloons dominated by the likes of the aforementioned BMW. The brand never quite achieved that aim -its bid to match Lexus in the States was a flop - but, with top build quality and Mazda's renowned reliability, the cars make excellent second-hand buys here in the UK.
High initial depreciation makes the well-equipped Xedos 9 cracking value for money on the used car market. Early ones with the regular 2.5-litre V6 engine are a bit ordinary, but explaining how the unusual 2.3-litre Miller Cycle engine of later cars works should keep the pub 'experts' engrossed for hours.