Original Owner: 1983 Mazda FB RX-7 GSP 5-Speed

June 22, 2022 Update – The high bid of $2,200 did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $4,900 so we’ve moved this 1983 Mazda RX-7 to our “Rides Still Available” Page.  Once registered and logged in, select the green “Buy Now” option to agree to pay the “Buy Now” price of $4,900.

Guys With Rides is pleased to offer this 1983 Mazda RX-7 GSP in a reserve-style online auction on behalf of the original owner.

Bidding opened Wednesday, June 8, 2022, and continues for 14 consecutive days ending at 7:30 PM Eastern Time Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

This RX-7 is the latest addition to our Reasonable Rides Collection, which means the seller agreed to a reserve price under $10,000.

This FB RX-7 currently resides in the northwest suburbs of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, minutes from DFW International Airport.

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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 a very smooth 100 horsepower.  Series 2 (produced from 1981–1983), or “FB” cars such as the example listed here, featured 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 Mazda RX-7 featured in this auction is actually the second example the original owner purchased in 1983 after he graduated from college.  Sadly, the first one he bought (a brown, automatic-equipped GS) was stolen from a Pennsylvania mall parking lot.  The seller went back to the dealer and bought the Red GS 5-speed model as the replacement. Not knowing how to drive a stick-shift,  a friend gave the seller lessons on his manual car. Used as a daily driver for many years, the original owner’s RX-7 saw less driving when he started traveling extensively over twenty years ago.  The seller’s RX-7 benefits from spending most of its life stored in a garage and shows just under 135K miles, which averages just under 3,500 miles annually.

When you review the documentation picture gallery below, not only will you find a copy of the original window sticker, but the original owner also posted a fanfold shot of all of the maintenance receipts he accumulated during his forty years of ownership.  What we love about this 1983 Mazda RX-7 GSP 5-Speed is that it’s an unmolested, rust-free example that is getting very hard to find.  This is the perfect example for someone to drive as-is and enjoy while your time and budget allow you to fix cosmetic issues such as the cracked dashboard.

The complimentary CarFax® below documents the car’s life. One item worth noting: the CarFax incorrectly states the odometer’s mechanical limits have been exceeded. However, as is the case with many Japanese-sourced cars of the day, this RX-7 features a six-digit odometer that correctly shows just under 135,000 miles.

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GuysWithRides.com contracted with Lemon Squad to complete a thorough pre-purchase inspection of this 1983 Mazda RX-7 GSP in preparation for this auction.  To review the Pre-Purchase Inspection, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return back to this listing:

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past year. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 1983 Mazda RX-7 GSP 5-Speed, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

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12 Comments
  1. Anonymous

    No such thing as a “GSP”; it’s either a GS or a GSL!

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    • Guys with Rides

      Sorry, we disagree. Please look at the original window sticker (i.e. the Monroney Label we provided among the pictures). In the top left under the “Model” field, it clearly states, “GSP”. Assuming Mazda management in 1983 knew their models, we’re keeping the designation in the description. Hopefully, a knowledgeable Mazda FB RX-7 enthusiast can shed some light on whether “GSP” was a specific option package or separate model.

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      • Anonymous

        My father owner a Mazda dealership at this time and I have personally been to the factory where these were built. There is no GSP model. Whatever the window sticker says, its a missprint.

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        • Guys with Rides

          As we asked before, if you’re that knowledgeable about these cars, then how about reviewing the features listed on the window sticker and confirming whether the car’s content is closer to a GS or a GS-L. That would be much more constructive feedback for potential bidders than claiming the window sticker has an error.

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          • Ou8mywake

            I suspect the dealer removed the model emblem to place their own. That spot is usually where the model was put.

        • Ou8mywake

          Since I am the one bidding on the car, kind of an irrelevant comment. Why not say “buyer to verify information”? I am ok with it being a missprint since I already ran the vin with Mazda. But hey, what do I know. I still want the car. Already owned a few of these. Redoing a 79 right now.

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    • Anonymous

      It’s a GS. The GSL had power windows, cruise control, a rear wiper, and tweed or leather interior.

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      • Guys with Rides

        @Ou8mywake: Thanks for the clarification and checking the VIN with Mazda. We love hearing that you are interested in redoing this ’83 as well – happy bidding!

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  2. Dukes

    No such model called a GSP. I see it’s on the human typed window sticker, humans make mistakes, even at the factory or dealer level. Only 2 trims were made for the RX7 in 83. GS or GSL.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hey Damon, sorry, that’s definitely NOT a human-typed label. That’s what automated dot-matrix printing looked like in the early 1980s. Do you really think someone sat around hand-typing these labels – that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time! If you’re such an RX-7 expert, why not add constructive feedback by looking at the window sticker and confirming based on the equipment listed whether this is a GS or GS-L?

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  3. Ou8mywake

    Nice RX7, too many little things for $5k in my opinion. Restored you are going to get maybe $20k. It’s not a GSL and the miles are too high. There are ones for $5k with less miles and better condition. You’ll be in this car $10k or more to make it right. There is no money in it at $5k. Engine rebuild, transmission rebuild, rear end, interior, dash, minor rust repair etc. It has the wrong radio and the A/C doesn’t work. It ads up. Look at the comps. This has more miles and less options than everything out there.

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