Automatic Avoidance: 1984 Mazda FB RX-7 – $9,000

Nov 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

An 80K original mile survivor-quality example lovingly owned by the current caretaker for the past ten years.  A great color combination on an entry-level GS model.  This 1984 Mazda RX-7 listed over the weekend here on Craigslist here on Craigslist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for $9,000 checks all the right boxes for us, save one:  it’s equipped with an automatic transmission.  Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their RX-7 priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $16,200 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $8,800, before factoring in a 20% deduction due to the less desirable automatic.  If you are serious about buying this Mazda, you can start the conversation by either calling or texting the current caretaker at (215) 287-6587.  When you do, please remember to mention you saw their sports car featured here on

Mazda launched its stylish rotary-powered RX-7 sports car in 1978 as the affordable alternative to Datsun’s 280ZX, which by that point became more of a luxury grand tourer.  The RX-7 was a hugely popular hit both in its homeland and here in the U.S.  Heavily investing in Wankel Engine technology at the time, Mazda featured a two-rotor 1.2 liter 12A Rotary power plant offering very smooth 100 horsepower, albeit with a tendency to gulp, rather than sip, gasoline.  Series 2 (produced from 1981–1983), or “FB” cars had integrated plastic-covered bumpers, wide black rubber body side moldings, wraparound taillights, and updated engine control components. While marginally longer overall, the new model was 135 pounds lighter in federalized trim.  The other big news was the new GSL package. Enthusiasts appreciated the package included new 14-inch alloy wheels and four-wheel disc brakes. Also part of this package were a sunroof, power windows, and other niceties that increased the curb weight to just above 2400 pounds.

“The More You Look, The More You Like” was Mazda’s tag line in their early 1980s U.S. advertising, and here’s an example of that with an ’83 RX-7 featured:

It’s becoming very hard to find an unmolested, well-maintained, and rust-free FB RX-7 such as the example presented here.  While our preference would be to have a manual-equipped example to wring the most out of the smooth Wankel power plant, this RX-7 is nice enough to consider the automatic an acceptable trade off. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This car has been my love and joy the past 10 years, but life is changing and it’s time to pass along to another loving owner. List of goodies below. Drives wonderfully starts right up, hasn’t seen rain most of her life!

< 80,000 miles
– Automatic transmission
– GS Model
– 12A Wankel rotary pulls hard, lightly burns oil as it should
– 4BL carb recently cleaned, intake lightly ported and polished
– Cold air intake
– Upgraded MSD ignition and coils
– Good battery
– Full stainless exhaust, no catalytic converter, only one pre-silencer, all smog equipment removed
– Exhaust is pleasantly loud, not obnoxious
– LSD rear added, have original
– Suspension replaced
– 4 Wheel disk brakes
– Great tires
– Extra set of OEM rims, two with good Firestone snow tires (although I’ve never had her in that messy stuff!)
– Fuel tank dropped and internally seal coated
– Aftermarket CD radio
– Removable roof
– Original paint, no rust
– Shop and performance manuals included
– Garage kept, hasn’t seen rain!
– Currently has antique tags, no PA emissions or inspection required

Enjoy drooling, let me know if you’re interested!

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