Well-Maintained FC: 1991 Mazda RX7 Convertible – SOLD!

Feb 2022 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

February 26, 2022 Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “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 FC chassis Mazda RX-7 seemingly appears for sale at a far higher frequency than any other generation of Mazda’s rotary-powered wonder. This clean 1991 RX-7 convertible originally appeared in February 2022 on Craigslist in Anaheim Hills, California with a lengthy list of recent mechanical improvements and some mild cosmetic flaws for $8,900. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has RX-7 priced fairly, as a “Good” condition model is priced at $10,300 while one in “Fair” shape is valued at just $4,200.

If you’re going to buy an RX-7, the general rule of thumb is to find one with either the turbocharged rotary engine or a later production example that got a healthy boost in power in naturally-aspirated form to 160 horsepower. This 1991 convertible has the more robust engine, along with a few other visual improvements tied to the later cars. The swan song of the FC chassis also received BBS wheels and updated taillights with two glowing orbs on each side – yes, it’s merely a cosmetic tweak, but one that many RX-7 owners update to if they own an older car. Today, the FC is certainly appreciated by enthusiasts but not to the same level as the FD RX-7, so they’re a bit of a bargain in the “rad”-era marketplace at the moment – especially in non-turbo form.

The seller provides this link to a start-up and walk-around video:

Additionally, the Library of Old Car Ads YouTube Channel features this 1991 Mazda RX7 commercial pitching how reliable the company’s rotary engine is on the racetrack:

The seller’s car has the beefier powertrain and the preferred manual gearbox. While an automatic was offered, very few drivers seemed to opt for it, a sentiment we can certainly get on board with! The list of mechanical fixes and refreshes is impressive, including a new alternator, shifter bushings, struts, belts, clutch master and slave master, and a new top, among numerous other improvements. Red on black is the best color scheme for one of these, and while the seller notes some dings and areas of the paint where the clearcoat is breaking down, the cosmetics generally still look quite good. The seller has driven it in the rain and can confirm the new top keeps the occupants dry; heck, even the headrest speakers still work. Mileage is reasonable at 119,628, and this droptop RX-7 looks like a smart buy at the current asking price – but keep looking for a turbo if you have your heart set on owning a truly collectible FC.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1991 RX7 Convertible

Cold Start and Top video:
https://youtu.be/hcQaZoZLWeI

This car is in great shape and has zero rust.
It drives and shifts smoothly.
The power top works flawlessly.
Pop-up headlights work perfectly.
We have driven in rain, there are no leaks.
No fluid leaks under the car.
Headrest speakers do work.

Clean title in hand, Carfax reports no accidents!

Pros:
Within the last 18 months/15K miles the following has been done:
New Vinyl Top
New Carpet and Floor Mats
New Struts front and rear
New Alternator
New Battery
New Spark Plugs and Wires
New Clutch Master and Slave Cylinder
New Shifter Bushings and Leather Boot
New Belts
Radiator and Brake Fluid Flush
New LED Headlights
New Double DIN multimedia head-unit/receiver and Speakers
New Weatherstripping (No leaks)
New Power Antenna Mast

Cons:
The paint is original and shows signs of age (see pictures)
Various dings in the body (see pictures)
A/C does not work
Driver seat upholstery in rough shape (see pictures).”

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