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When the first Mazda RX-7 was released in 1978, the little Japanese two-seat sports vehicle had a distinct advantage. It was controlled by an unusual turning motor, but it was also moderately lightweight, reasonable with its large back glass hatch, and completely modern. Furthermore, it was reasonable, allowing more fans to get behind the wheel. Vehicles from 1978 to 1980 were coded "SA," but a 1981 model-year facelift with re-styled guards and back valance, a standard five-speed manual transmission replacing the previous four-speed, and a light inside refresh updated the vehicle enough to re-code it "FB."

Brakes were plate front, drum-back on base 'S' models, while upmarket, completely stacked GSL models had circles all over and a restricted slip differential. Suspension was free front with a four-interface, strong hub backside situated by Watts linkage. The FB RX-7's "12A" 1.2-liter rotational motor created only 100 hp, yet its conservative size permitted it to be mounted low and behind the front hub for an unrivaled focus of gravity and weight circulation contrasted with a customary responding motor.

In 1984, the FB RX-7's inside was all the more extensively upgraded while another GSL-SE trim added a 1.3-liter "13B" rotational with fuel infusion, increasing drive to 135 hp. Indeed, even with the compulsory sunroof and a lot of force and extravagance embellishments, the GSL-SE actually weighed under 2,500 pounds, however cost had expanded to some degree since the vehicle's earliest days.

mazda rx7

mazda rx7

Highlights of the Mazda RX-7

Mazda's RX-7 was a huge success in motorsports, with the first racing versions finishing first and second in class at the 1979 Daytona 24 Hours. RX-7s have won the IMSA GTU production-based racing class seven years in a row, and the IMSA GTO championship an incredible ten years in a row. These victories were frequently commemorated by stickers placed on the rear windows of RX-7s at the factory. Racing by Tom Walkinshaw RX-7s won the British Touring Car Championship in 1980 and 1981, and cars prepared by others won the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1982-84, the Australian Endurance Championship in 1983, and three class podiums at the Bathurst 1000. In the early 1980s, RX-7s competed successfully in the World Rally Championship.

Quick Facts about the Mazda RX-7

1978 was the first year of production.

1995 was the final year of production (in U.S. )

More than 800,000 units have been sold worldwide.

Original base price: $7,195 (1978)

Identifying feature: The Mazda RX-7 is one of the most popular sports cars of all time, combining everyday practicality with unique, smooth-revving rotary engine characteristics.

Mazda RX-7 Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Price of a Mazda RX-7?

RX-7 pricing is heavily influenced by generation, condition, and options. A first-generation or second-generation RX-7 in good running condition will typically cost between a few thousand dollars and $10,000 for a standout example or a higher-spec version. Third-generation cars in good condition start around $15,000 and can cost well over $50,000 for the best examples.

Is the Mazda RX-7 legal to drive?

All RX-7s sold in the United States are legal to drive here. Under the federal 25-year regulation, Global RX-7s sold before 1995 are legal for importation, though not all states allow them to be registered to drive on the street.

Why is the Mazda RX-7 so pricey?

Most RX-7s are not expensive, but those in excellent condition and third-generation examples, which are quite rare in comparison to previous generations, will command a premium.

What Year Is the Best for a Mazda RX-7?

If performance is important to you, we recommend a final-generation RX-7 produced between 1993 and 1995. The first-generation cars from 1978-1985 will provide a classic RX-7 experience for those looking for the purest, lightest RX-7 possible.

mazda rx7

mazda rx7

mazda rx7

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