Sunroof Delete Survivor: 1993 Mazda FD RX7 – Sold?
January 7, 2022 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
The FD chassis Mazda RX-7 is a rare find these days, which stands in stark contrast to the earlier generations that you can still find in good supply without too much searching. The FD was notable for a few reasons, including its impressive stock performance, but it was its striking looks that made it into an object of desire. This 1993 Mazda RX-7 originally listed in December 2021 on Craigslist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is a rare sunroof-delete model, otherwise known as a “slick top,” and offered for sale at $45,000. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller is following the market as a car in “Excellent” condition is valued at $55,600.
The RX-7 is a bit of a niche car despite its nameplate having universal recognition. The SA/FB platform introduced the world to the wonkiness of the rotary engine, along with the realization that the Japanese brands knew how to make a beautiful sports model. The second-generation model, known as an FC, has practically faded into obscurity compared to the SA and FD models, despite being an attractive package with an optional turbocharged rotary. The model witnessed a mild reincarnation with the short-lived RX-8, but it wasn’t even close in terms of the desirability factor, especially when compared with limited-production models like the R1 from the FD chassis family.
The Autoguide.com YouTube Channel provides this excellent overview of the FD Mazda RX-7:
The trouble with a collectible classic like the RX-7 is that it invites owners to modify the easily tuneable powerplant. You can’t blame the stewards of these vintage tuner cars for wanting to go for more power, but it tends to have a detrimental effect on values, especially in the eyes of collectors. In the case of this RX-7, the owner has seemingly only made easily reversible tweaks, like a cone air filter and a strut bar going across the engine bay. All RX-7s tend to sit low, but this car looks even lower than normal, which makes me wonder if the suspension was upgraded at some point. Overall, there’s very little to complain about with this RX-7, and with under 60,000 original miles, it seems likely it will find a new home sooner than later.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1993 rx7 pep red /tan 5spd 1 owner car 56k 5spd very clean rare no sunroof model, everything works, all parts and maintenance by Pettit racing. call Dave.“
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