Time Capsule: 1982 Mazda RX-7

The 1st generation Mazda RX-7 (SA/FB) was a lightweight sports coupe built in Japan and sold around the world starting in 1978.  The RX-7 eschewed the bobbing pistons of a conventional engine and instead used Felix Wankel’s spinning rotary voodoo machine that produces the power of a V6, torque of an inline-4 with the fuel consumption of a V8.  Find this 1982 Mazda RX-7 offered for $9,000 in Sunnyvale, CA via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.

This is one of the nicer 1st gen RX-7s you’ll find for sale, it has only 45k miles on the odometer, looks nice in the pictures and if it isn’t a cheap restoration, it could be worth every penny of the asking price.  Stay away if it is a recent paint job, but original condition cars from 33 years ago are hard to find.

Under the hood is a 1.1 liter Mazda 12A rotary engine that pumps 100 horsepower into a
5-speed manual gearbox.  The 2300 lb lightweight will hit 60mph in about
10 seconds, nothing to brag about, but the 50:50 weight distribution
and 7000 rpm redline is a wonderful thing on a back road.

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