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.
I know that the RX-7 rotary purists (Wankers as they call themselves) will cringe at the average pushrod V8 swapped RX-7, but they’ll be decidedly appalled that the builder used a GSL-SE to turn into a piston pumping pavement pounder. However, despite the vintage Cali sunset plate, the car itself is pretty ragged — rust appears in bubbles all over the paint and the seller reported having a blown engine…so this wasn’t some cherry collectors item, this was an RX-7 that needed some love…which it got in the form of a Ford V8 swap. Find this 1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE offered for $3100 in Palo Alto, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The first generation RX-7 (SA/FB built in Japan from 1978 to 1985) was a interesting highlight in the sports car world of the early 80s. The RX-7’s light weight frame was engineered for handling and propelled by a unique engine – the Mazda rotary. Today, you don’t see many around, but this next example looks […]
Every time I make a blanket statement, I get in trouble. Arrgg…I just did it again. The statement I made the other day was something about kit cars being mostly replica Cobras and things based on Volkswagen Beetle chassis and that the Jag kit was interesting and unique…and then we got a tip for another […]
A few years ago I would have said that ten large is a stupid sum of money to pay for a first generation RX-7…but I don’t know these days. Classic cars are getting gobbled up my well heeled millennials, grubby fingered gen-Xers, and greedy boomers…but the RX-7 has been cheap for years. Maybe it’s time […]
The typical modified Mazda RX-7 you’ll find on these pages has some sort of carburetor fed domestic V8 shoved under the hood…but not today. Today we’ve got a first gen RX-7 that still sports Wankel power, which is odd because it has GT-R emblem on the back and some of the widest Kardashian fender flares […]
The first generation RX-7 (SA/FB built in Japan from 1978 to 1985) was a beautiful 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 revvving high, consuming fuel, and sounding like angry bees when uncorked. However, they are expensive to […]
Motorcycles aren’t exactly the safest mode of transportation…even small contact can have huge consequences (which is why people in 4 wheel vehicles should always give them plenty of room), but at least the motorcycle is small and maneuverable. However, if you add a sidecar to a motorcycle, you still have the same crash exposure, but […]
The second generation Mazda RX-7 was known as the FC and over 270,000 examples were built in Japan from 1985-1991 for worldwide consumption. The FC was, of course, powered by a Wankel rotary engine and featured the athletic reflexes matched by few cars in the 1980s. If you can live the eccentricities of the odd […]
I’m all about rooting for the underdog, because who doesn’t love a good underdog. But when does a dog go from underdog to total basket case? And when does a total wreck become a project car? Find this 1979 Mazda RX-7 GS offered for $1500 in San Jose, CA. From the seller: 1979 Mazda Rx-7 GS […]