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Pick of the Day: 1982 Mazda RX-7

Rotary powered in Stardust Blue Metallic


The Mazda RX-7 has a similar profile to the Datsun Z but when you have a 12A Wankel rotary engine you’re a bit more unique than your peers.

“The Wankel engine had two coaxial three-lobe rotors, a displacement size of 70 cubic-inches, and delivered 100 horsepower and 105 lbs-ft of torque,” the listing notes. 

High revving with the ability to generate horsepower from less displacement, the rotary engine never caught on, but you can find one in a GT package at a fair price. The Pick of the Day is a 1982 Mazda RX-7 available for sale on by a dealer in Hilton, New York. (Click the link to view the listing)

Finished in Stardust Blue Metallic the RX-7’s exterior was slightly altered in the previous model year and maintained its sleek appearance.

“In 1981, integrated plastic-covered bumpers were added, along with wide black rubber body side moldings, updated engine control components, and wraparound taillights. These changes brought about the Series 2, which remained in production until 1983. They were 135 pounds lighter and no longer had the four-speed manual option. Few changes occurred in 1982. Trim levels included the S, GS and GSL,” the listing states. “The base price for the 2-door coupe began at $9,700.” 

This Mazda has a 1.1-liter Rotary engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Light and nimble, this RX-7 has power disc brakes at all four corners.

The black interior has vinyl front bucket seats with cloth inserts, and amenities include an AM/FM radio, power antenna, sunroof, and a center console.

In 1982 the RX-7 started at $9,700 and this example is available for $14,995. My take is that the RX-7 market will go up and this is a reasonably price example that is largely original and in good shape.

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David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


  1. Wow, just think, they coulda had three rotors. 150HP would have made it stand out in early 80s. When Saab turbos were some of the fastest cars on the road.


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