Future Collectible: 1993 Mazda RX7 – Sold?

by | Sep 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Free For All Friday

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November 4, 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.

When looking back at the lineage of the classic Mazda RX7, you have to marvel at its evolution. What began as a humble two-seater with cute flip-up headlights and a screaming rotary under the hood would eventually become a refined and striking grand touring coupe.  Like our subject car, the FD chassis is perhaps the purest expression of Mazda’s quintessential sports car. After years of existing within the hobbyist car marketplace, prices have started to take off – especially since the relatively light production numbers have made it hard to find a stock example. The seller’s 1993 RX7 has 73,450 miles, and he claims the car has been excessively maintained with all the right money spent on upkeep. This RX7 was once listed in September 2022 on Craigslist in Ewing, New Jersey, with the seller asking for offers in the $40s. Comparing that price against the Classic.com model guide shows that the seller is right on the money with an average sale price of $47,444:

As car enthusiasts who attempt to buy vehicles that won’t backfire on us and tank in value, we often wish we had a crystal ball to know what’s coming next. In many ways, the RX7 has been out there all along, giving us plenty of warning that it would one day be a $50,000 car. However, it never seems to be on the tip of enthusiasts’ tongues when listing their top 10 dream cars. It could be lack of visibility or perhaps a resistance to embracing the rotary engine – for all of its cool points, it is still a maintenance-hungry drivetrain that isn’t significantly better than its peers in any one category. But the natural beauty of the FD RX7 is what helps win many enthusiasts over, as its looks are still striking today. Finding one that’s been maintained is essential to having a positive experience with an RX7, as the finicky engines don’t stand up to neglect well.

The Autoguide.com YouTube Channel features a modern review of the FD generation Mazda RX7

Speaking of maintenance, the seller of this RX-7 is rather bullish about how much work he’s put into it over the years. Some cars, you’re not all that impressed about what sort of scope the current owner has adhered to; the RX7 is one where more is always better. This particular car is said to have gone under “….complete mechanical refresh” in the last three years which resulted in a rebuilt transmission and healthy engine, but he doesn’t elaborate as to what the mechanical improvements consisted of (this is essential information). Though silver isn’t a particularly rare color within the FD lineup, silver over red is definitely hard to find and leather cabin appears to be in excellent condition, no doubt helped by the fact that the bolsters were rebuilt. With functional A/C and compression numbers that are within spec, this particular RX7 could be a smart buy beyond its attractiveness as a quickly-appreciating Japanese sports coupe.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1993 Mazda RX7 FD in Silverstone silver for sale. 73,xxx Miles. Apart from the typical rotary reliability mods (cooling, emissions) the car is as close to factory spec as possible.

Google drive with photos and videos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zvnr19XyGFX1LI_JV8o_VtQ4xjU8skZk?usp=sharing

Car underwent a mechanical refresh in the last 3 years and a physical restoration in the past year.

Mechanical work included a completely refreshed motor and a rebuilt transmission. The work was performed by professionals and the car is in top mechanical shape. Compression is in spec, AC blows cold. Car has no hiccups and runs like a champ.

Physical work included a full repair of any damage, dings, scratches, dents or imperfections. Interior has been refreshed where warranted, seats rebolstered, trim cleaned up. The work was performed by a seasoned professional and I am confident that to find a car in similar physical spec you’d need to find a sub 15k mile car or a car that has been recently restored.

If you can’t see the car in person, happy to facilitate a PPI, but the potential buyer will assume that time and cost.

Clean title in hand car is ready for a new owner. VIN is for those that want to run a Carfax. Car has been owned by a single owner for most of its life.

If you want to test drive the car, you need to show proof of funds showing you are a serious buyer or cash in hand. Definitely recommend seeing the car in person as pictures don’t do the care justice.

I’m happy to answer questions and satisfy the curiosity of real buyers with a real offer and real money. Text me your offer and a list of questions. Happy to jump on a phone to discuss.

First real person to show up with a real offer in real money gets to drive it home. Looking for high 40s but willing to work with cash buyers who can move quickly.

The next big thing: will the FD RX7 become one of the more collectible Japanese sports coupes in the coming years?    


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