10k: V8 Powaaaah: 1987 Mazda RX-7 LS1 V8

Throughout the later part of the 20th century, Mazda
automobiles were the resource-rich native land colonized by a powerful
American company, namely Ford. One of few models exempt from the foreign
governance was the RX-7, which ironically receives the most American
powerplant swaps today. Find this LS1-swapped 1987 Mazda RX-7 for $9,500 in Mary Esther, FL via Autotrader.  Words and tip from DT commenter slowcarSLOW-MPGlol.

Auto enthusiasts view LS1-swapped cars the way the rest of
the world views Baby It’s Cold Outside covers; one camp prefers the
nostalgic charm of the original and detests the contemporary
over-sexualization of it, while others see the original as open-source
framework from the factory and their chance to put their mark on it. And
the dear Daily Turismo community is just sick of all the air time given
to them.

The second-generation RX-7, like the one for sale here, got
rack and pinion steering, independent rear suspension, and the
ever-popular pop-up headlights. It also brought in the 13B Wankel
engine, which is irrelevant for our intents and purposes.   The seller gives a few details on the engine swap to indicate that it is an LS1 from a 98 Camaro that would have originally put out 305 horsepower when new, perhaps a few more given the sellers additional parts.

This American-blooded import shows its national pride with a
Star Spangled Banner backdrop. A modest drop, factory wheels, and clean
bodywork lend a welcomed subtlety to this monster build. This post
has brand-name parts, service records, and even average fuel economy
numbers, which adds validity to any listing. Plus, “willing to negotiate
on the price” promises wiggle room for the shrewd mercantile settler who is willing to overlook the absence of underhood shots during his exploitation of indigenous population. 

The seller mentions a video on youtube that was posted 10 months ago and says it is the same car, but portrait mode filming and zero burnouts/drifts/stuntz make for a lame video.

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Big thanks to slowcarSLOW-MPGlol to sending in this tip complete with a functioning story to surround the images!