One of the all-time great sports cars from the past 50 years, Mazda’s RX-7 offered excellent performance from its rotary engine, a well-tuned chassis and a stylish fastback body. The example consigned with Shannons for their Winter Timed Online Auction – that’s live now - was recently featured on Mighty Car Mods.
The first ever rotary tackled by Marty and Moog, this 1982-model RX-7 (SA22C/FB = first generation, series 2) was bought by Marty in 2019 and featured in a ten-part series on the Mighty Car Mods YouTube channel, the first episode of which aired last October.
As bought, the RX-7 was running and had good compression from the twin-rotor 12A rotary engine, which was matched to the standard 5-speed manual. It had been repainted and partially restored by the previous owner, but it was a high-kilometre example, with almost 300,000 on the odometer.
Over the course of the ten-episode series, the RX7 was upgraded from stock carburation to electronic fuel injection with a Haltech ECU, LS1 coil packs and new wiring. A thermo-fan radiator and new fuel tank were also fitted, the latter a high-pressure unit that required removal of the spare wheel well.
Suspension mods included blasting, reconditioning and painting all components, fitting new bushes and KS Racing coilovers, with the front brakes upgraded to FD (third generation) RX-7 discs with Wilwood calipers, while the rears have been left stock.
A front spoiler and a set of 15-inch Longchamp XR4 wheels from Japan were already on the car when bought, with the repainted Stardust Blue metallic exterior matched to a black cloth interior.
Although it presents well, the Mazda does have a few minor rust spots in the usual places around the rear tail gate, while the interior is showing wear commensurate with the 290K mileage, with the dash recovered at some stage.
An affordable slice of JDM performance motoring as is, this Mazda is described as having great potential for further tuning enhancements or a full restoration to take the car to the next level.
To be sold with NSW registration to September, 2022, along with a quantity of spares, including the original wheels, springs and fuel tank (as well as cool points for being associated with Mighty Car Mods!), this RX-7 is being offered with no reserve and a guiding range of $25,000 - $35,000.
For more details on this rare rotary, click HERE
For more details on other lots for Shannons Winter Timed Online Auction, which runs from 2 to 9 August, click HERE.