1980’s were known as the Golden Age of Rally. Fire breathing Group B cars ran rampant throughout the forests in the early part of the decade, and then tragically it was all over. The meek inherited the woods in the form of production-based Group A cars, and a few of them made it to The Land of the Free. Plucky little Mazda took it’s cooking 323 hatchback and turbo-charged it along with outfitting it with AWD and a locking center diff. Shockingly, it wasn’t forbidden fruit in the U.S., and it was sold in showrooms across the U.S. next to it’s tamer siblings. Of course, you know the rest of the story; it didn’t sell, only moving around 1,200 units in the 2 years here. Find this 1989 Mazda 323GTX offered for $6,500 in Orange County, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from FuelTruck who writes: What is it with Texans in that they seem feel the need to “truckify” everything? No clue, but this thing is kinda awesome, and I want it. For half of the asking price. Find this 1997 Mazda Miata MX-5 offered for $5000 in Lago Vista, TX via craigslist.
This next car is a custom Mazda is a bit of a puzzle. It looks like the builder started to build a lightweight racing-prepared Mazda by building a tube frame cage. A few weeks later, the builder decided to tubify the rear end…and then the front…and eventually it just devolved into a tube frame-semi-unibody racer that weighs as much as the tailgate on an old truck. Find this 1995 Mazda Miata offered for $4000 in Centerton, AR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Exocet Missile was a French built anti-ship missile that is known for its first wartime launch by an Argentine Super Étendard strike-fighter that sunk the HMS Sheffield during the 10-week conflict in 1982 known as the Falklands War. The Excoet kit car on the other hand, is a beast sold by the guys at Exomotive that puts a tube frame chassis and composite body panels around a donor Mazda Miata chassis. The Exocet Miata is equally as dangerous as the Exocet missile, but only to its occupants. Find this 1999 Exomotive Exocet Miata Kit Car offered for $20,000 in Harrisburg, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The first generation RX-7 (SA/FB built in Japan from 1978 to 1985) was a dainty ballerina in the sports car world. The RX-7’s lithe frame was propelled by an equally dainty engine – the Mazda rotary…which was known for dancing high on the tachometer, consuming fuel, and sounding like angry bees when uncorked. However, they are expensive to repair, lack torque, and many have (for better or worse) been swapped with another powertrain…and this next one is the most basic of swaps…Chevy V8 and some kinda automatic transmission — but at least it has a Holley Sniper EFI setup instead of the typical stone age carb setup. Find this 1979 Mazda RX-7 offered for $7500 in Yakima, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On
You know you are in for a treat when a seller describes his car as “super” or “mega” or “monster”..and we’ve got a real treat for you today. It appears to be a Mazda Miata that has had its small 4-cylinder engine replaced by a Ford V8 mated to a 6-speed manual. But that wasn’t good enough, so the seller added a supercharger with an intercooler and claims 500 horsepower at the rear wheels. Find this 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata offered for $15,999 in Tampa, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Consider this next car as an apology for the grody brown Mercedes-Benz that I posted the other day — if that car was a wet half-breed three legged donkey, then this RX7 is a chocolate palomino thoroughbred that is racing up in class. It reminds us that brown can be a nice color on cars if done correctly and probably looks even better in person. Now, go find a matching Member’s Only jacket, Ray-Bans, and a Swatch watch. The 80s aren’t back, ’cause they never left. Find this 1983 Mazda RX7 GSL offered for $8,500 in Providence, RI via craigslist. Friend of the seller tip from Art C.
Tipper Cory sent this next car in with the following spring of seemingly nonsensical drivel; turbo ft swapped compact aqua colored mazda truck frame off restoration. I did a double take…because I’m pretty hip when it comes to model designations but this sounded more like the title of a Tom Wolfe novel than a description of a car on craigslist. So, let’s break it down. Turbo — yes this has a Garrett T3 turbo; ft swapped — which means this is a 2.2 liter turbo 12-valve SOHC F2T Mazda inline-4 that was only available in transverse front-engine MX-6/Ford Probe but bolts up easily to the B2200 that used the FE version; compact aqua colored mazda truck frame off resto — the rest now makes sense. Find this 1993 Mazda B2200 offered for $12,500 in Belmont, MA via craigslist.
If you are going to go through the trouble of dealing with the nonsense that goes with selling a car on craigslist…you’ve got to provide more than just two photos, especially if that car is an interesting looking fake Ferrari Dino built on a Mazda Miata chassis. We have so many questions, why don’t you sit down and stay a while. Find this 1995 Mazda MX-5 Ferrari Dino offered for $11,500 in Kennesaw, GA via craigslist. Tip from Graham.
I hope everyone enjoyed the Bracq Friday posts of this past long Turkey Day weekend celebrating the German cars designed by a Frenchman, but it is time to go back to DT’s bread-and-butter…or brot-und-buerre, which is low mile sports cars from the mid-80s that don’t cost a kidney to own and drive every day. Next up is a rotary powered Mazda that might cost more than the typical beater RX-7, but with only 38k miles on the odometer, this thing is barely half way through its first set of apex seals. Find this 1987 Mazda RX7 Turbo II offered for $14,900 in West Central MN via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.