Pick of the Day: 1993 Mazda RX-7

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The Mazda RX-7 is in apparently excellent original condition, driven just 37,000

Sometimes the most amazing things come from places from which you least expect them. Take for instance, Mazda, a car company very much run by enthusiasts who love sports cars and racing.

Mazda designers and engineers, despite their always-limited budgets, seem able to surprise us over and over again. Mazda is the only Japanese car company to take the overall win at Le Mans, the RX-7 sports car is the winningest GT car in the history of IMSA, and the Mazda Miata, itself a surprise when released to the public, is the world’s most popular sports car.

The ’93 RX-7 was a pinnacle of Mazda’s enthusiast cars

The RX-7, which launched in 1979, was a great budget sports coupe that put the final nail in the coffin for the small-bore sports cars from England and Italy, and even made Porsche go back to the drawing board and create the 944 from the lesser 924 in order to be more competitive.

While RX7 initially was marketed as a budget sports car, that changed in 1993 when Mazda released the third-generation version of the RX-7.

The Mazda appears to be in time-warp condition

What Mazda gave us was a no-holds-barred sports car that combined breathtaking styling with true world-class performance. It is possibly the finest car Mazda has ever created for the enthusiast, and something we are not likely to see again.

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The Pick of the Day is one of these “halo” models, a 1993 Mazda RX-7, that is described by the Los Angeles, California, seller as a pristine example that has covered only 37,000 miles from new. A sunroof-delete model with a 5-speed manual gearbox, the Mazda still wears its original red paint and tan leather interior, and includes its original books and tools, according to the dealer’s ad on ClassicCars.com.

The RX-7 is powered by a twin-turbo rotary engine

Like all third-gen RX-7, it is powered by a twin-turbo 13B rotary engine and is capable of a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds and can cover the quarter mile in 13.5 seconds, according to contemporary tests. The RX-7 also boasts amazing handling due to its light 2,800-pound weight, ideal balance and superior suspension tuning.

Happily, this RX-7 has not been altered with the many performance mods that are commonly applied to these cars; finding a third-generation RX-7 that has not been heaving modified for street racing is difficult, and this car looks to a superior example in original, unmolested condition.

The asking price for this future collectible is $32,500, which is right on target for the current market price. Buy this car, keep it stock, enjoy it, and watch it increase in value over the next few years.

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To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

 

 

 

Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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