1992 Mazda RX7
Pending Sale: $23,995
Stock Number: 4308
Frankly, it's doubtful that Mazda truly realized just what they had created when the final iteration of the fabled RX7 line left the production facility. The FD3S is one of the most iconic sports cars Japan has ever produced. From its stunning good looks, lightweight chassis, and powerful rotary engine it was destined to become one of the best Japanese sports cars the world has seen to date. While the FD is already a special car this one is far from ordinary (if there is such a thing with these) with only 46K verified miles. Fitted with a Vertex style front bumper, Veilside style side skirts, aftermarket rear bumper, and Mazda Speed rear wing take the looks to the next level. Being a proper sports car its finished in the quintessential Vintage Red (NU) no less. The paint itself looks fantastic and based on the way it blends with the aftermarket aero it seems safe to assume it was resprayed all together at some point. Generally speaking, there are no real blemishes worth noting as far as the paint is concerned and the bodywork seems to be just as clean. Naturally, we expect any car to have a few errant door dings, but nothing of real concern. The aftermarket aero mates up very nicely, but is never quite as perfect as OEM pieces do. While the stock wheels are fine the 16" polished lip bronze mesh ones are a much more fitting look. Pair that with the Tein adjustable coilovers to cut down on the dreaded wheel gaps and you've got yourself a real looker.
While the styling hints at its true sportscar roots, the interior is where you really start to feel it. A full Safety 21 cage adorns the cabin and adds an extra level of protection. While it's relatively unobtrusive to the occupants it does make getting in and out a little more tricky. Front the front seats back has been stripped for weight savings and distribution as the batter has been relocated behind the passenger seat. In order to keep you firmly planted the driver's seat has been swapped out in favor of a plaid, reliable, Recaro. The seat is in average condition as there is a seam separation (which you can spot in the photos) and a very slight bit of bolster wear. The stock passenger seat is no slouch when it comes to keeping you in place while still offering enough comfort for when you're simply out cruising. Since this isn't your ordinary RX7 the cabin host a ton of aftermarket gauges and electronics. A Blitz mechanical boost gauge was positioned directly in your line of sight to keep an eye on the massive single turbo lurking beneath the hood. Greddy Coolant Temp, Oil Pressure and Oil Temp gauges sit where the factory radio would have been along with dual Greddy Profec and Rebic II's. The glove box itself was removed, once again for weight, and allows two Sard Digital Multi Temp Meters to keep a proper eye on both rotors. Since this was built for speed and not necessarily comfort most of the power accessories are limited in function like the power mirrors and the climate control system. This car was clearly built with a purpose which is why it's not for the faint of heart.
Under the hood is what it's all about. The infamous 13B Wankel fires right up with an incredibly distinct tone. While these originally left the factory with an incredibly complex sequential turbo system it has since been ditched for a far more effective single setup. Instead, a massive Greddy T88-34D sits prominently up front. These turbos are capable of 700-800hp to give you a more real-world idea of just how big it is. To help handle all the extra power an Autohouse front mount sits neatly behind the Vertex front end. Since the stock clutch had no chance of being able to handle that kind of power its since been upgraded to a much stiffer twin plate setup. The shifter itself is also a short-throw setup that feels more like a bolt action rifle than your traditional 5 speed. The way the car currently sits all of the starting ingredients are there but the car will need some finessing to get it right. The speculation is that the car may have been running a proper stand-alone like a Haltec or AEM and it was removed prior to sale. Due to this, the car is not running properly under boost. Without tearing down the block it appears that the rotory is relatively stock aside from the upgraded turbo which could explain the boost issue since it's running through the stock ECU. Because of all this, we are selling the car as a project for someone who's looking to build a properly fast FD. For us, it simply didn't make sense to dedicate the time to turn it into a full-on build so we're turning it over to someone who does. These cars are known for their ability to make massive power from such a compact setup. It has all the right beginnings to be a true track terror, all its missing is the right guy to make it happen.
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