Buyer Story: Old School Mazda RX-7

This next Reader Ride comes to us from Dennis who found the car via an article DT published in August of this year…so it is more of a Buyer Story.  The subject vehicle is a fantastically clean 1979 RX-7 Limited purchased for a great price, read the story in the buyer’s own words below:

I spotted this vehicle on Craigslist last week and
was planning to visit the vehicle. My parents owned a 1985 Rx-7 GSL-SE
and I have always been fond of the smooth revving rotary engine. I know
that rotary engines can be finicky, but I was willing to take the risk.
In researching the vehicle online, I came across daily turismo which had
wonderful high-res pictures of the vehicle which further solidified the
purpose of my visit. 

The vehicle was in the
condition indicated in the Craigslist ad and similarly described on
daily turismo. The interior was 9/10 with only minor imperfections
(shift knob leather, small blemish on door covering). It felt like I
stepped into a time capsule. The exterior showed some of its age but
appeared all original (including paint) with no rust or significant
problems, overall 7/10. Receipts of an engine rebuild in 2007 were
produced along with receipts for significant work performed by the
previous owner including a new OEM exhaust and a myriad  of front
suspension parts. The engine bay was in wonderful condition, again
surprising for its age. The vehicle was completely OEM (except for
typical replacement items such as battery, plugs, tires etc) as far as I
could tell. The air condition, lights, power antenna etc, all worked
great. The tires had minor cracks on the treads (due to age) and would
need to be replaced very soon.

As part of the
assessment, the car was taken for a brief test drive to determine the
integrity of the drive train and overall running condition. The brakes
did not feel responsive which I mentioned to the owner, but attributed
to air in the line. The steering  had a small amount of “free play” but
it was not significant. Other than these two items, I had no other
criticisms of the drivetrain. Revs were very smooth and the clutch felt
sturdy. The engine was responsive and the suspension hugged the road.

was pleasantly surprised by the overall condition of the vehicle. I
asked the owner why he had purchased the vehicle in Jan-14 and is
already selling it. He indicated that he had other vehicles in storage
and did not have enough room for this one. The gentlemen indicated that
he had been driving this vehicle around 30 miles each way for work at
least twice a week without any problem. He preferred that the vehicle go
to an indoor home to maintain its condition. I was  happy to oblige.

much debate, monies exchanged hands and I was on my way home with the
vehicle. The 3hr driving trip home would be the true test for the
vehicle. With speeds approaching the speed limit (or just above!), the
vehicle ran excellent with no problems. My 12 year old son road shotgun
and I enjoyed explaining to him how a cigarette lighter works as well as
explaining other novelties in the vehicle, such as the cassette tape
player. We were riding in a 35 yr museum.

car made it home safe and is now in our enclosed garage. I have been
telling folks it is a garage queen, but she will definitely get some use
once I replace the tires, and it is not snowing or raining etc (you get
the picture). I informed my wife that this is the first car in the
“family car collection.” I have definitely caught the nostalgia bug and I
am searching for the next great bargain collectible in the nearby area –
I wish I could say the same for my wife. 

Thanks again daily turismo. You helped find this car a decent home.

DT: It looks like a great car and we are so glad to have helped.  It isn’t often that you can find a 35 year old car with a 9/10 interior for less than $5k! Got a reader ride or a buyer success story?