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Pick of the Day: 1981 Mazda RX-7, rotary sports car with low mileage

The Japanese automaker’s 2-seat coupe is fitted with the top GSL package


Known today for its “Zoom Zoom” marketing slogan, the Mazda brand has long embraced the joy of driving.  As far back as the 1960s, Mazda engineered some of its models a bit differently when compared with other manufacturers.  One way it stood apart was the use of rotary engines.  

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1981 Mazda RX-7 GSL listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Science Hill, Kentucky.  This 41-year-old sports coupe shows only 45,428 miles on the odometer, and the seller asserts the reading is actual.


“Car must have been garaged its whole life,” the seller says. “The red leather interior and the dark-gray paint show no signs of fading.  Car runs and drives as expected with only 45,000 miles,”

The seller notes that there are a few dings on the Mazda’s body consistent with age, but the Carfax is reportedly clean, and it shows just three owners from new.

Mazda’s two-door, two-seat RX-7 hatchback model debuted for 1978 on the F-platform and lived on for three generations, with production taking place in Japan.  Unique for this sports car was its powertrain: a lightweight two-cylinder Wankel-type rotary engine sending power to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. 

The GSL package, as shown in this example, added four-wheel disc brakes and a clutch-type limited-slip differential.  Mazda made cosmetic updates that year, with black side moldings, wraparound taillights and black plastic-covered front and rear bumpers. 

Maintenance on this Mazda is described as up to date, with the list of services addressed since summer 2021 encompassing replacement of the battery, brake pads, driver side caliper, spark plugs, points, wires, fuel filter, air filter, transmission fluid, differential fluid and rear hatch struts.  The seller adds that the car does not have air conditioning, but it does have a removable sunroof, power windows, a cassette player, and cruise control.

“Everything works as it should.  A true survivor,” the listing states.  “A change in my world now requires a daily driver and I need to make more room.” 


This low-mileage  Mazda sports coupe is ready to move into a new owner’s garage for the asking price of $14,500.

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

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.



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