1979 Mazda RX7 Series 1 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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All-original and reportedly in “showroom condition”.

The Mazda RX-7 was first launched in March 1978 as a spiritual successor to Mazda’s RX-3-based Savanna coupe.

The original Savanna enjoyed much racing success in Japan, which translated to strong sales in the showroom.

The 1978 RX7 Series 1 (also known as the Savanna RX-7) was to carry on the performance torch, and was developed under Mazda’s then-slogan "the pursuit of driving pleasure".

Visually, the car looked the part, with a low nose, swooping bonnet and a wedge-shaped silhouette penned for aerodynamics. The low nose form followed function too, as the compact rotary engine was placed aft the front axles for a front-mid layout.

This 1979 RX-7 Series 1 is on offer for $26,990 and purportedly is in "showroom condition" according to the seller.

It looks very tidy, and visually unmodified apart from the very period (and very rare) Hayashi racing wheels.

Fitted with a naturally aspirated 12A engine and a manual gearbox, this car could be one for the discerning collector.

With only 68,185 kilometres indicated on the odometer, the car boasts very low mileage. The engine bay is remarkably clean and the interior presents no rips or tears on the seats, and the dash and trim look free of cracks. Some minor wear and cracking may be seen on the leather gear shift boot and hand brake surrounds.

Early RX-7s are amongst the most desired of the lineage, all of which are appreciating consistently.

If this car checks out, it could be a winner!

The car is located in Concord NSW, and you can check out the full listing here!


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