Posts Tagged ‘mazda’

He Named Me Molalla – 1985 Mazda RX-7

April 11, 2016

Mazda’s RX-7 was arguably one of the first proper, modern-era sports cars. Debuting at a time where most affordable sports cars had roots solidly in the sixties or even fifties (just look at Triumph’s Spitfire, or Alfa’s twincam engine), the Hiroshima-built sports car sported a design that referenced Porsche’s 924 among others, and a modern version of the rotary powerplant, the Mazda version of which only debuted in the market in 1965. The smooth, revvy nature of the engine made it a natural engine for a sports car, and its fuel consumption was less of an issue for buyers of those cars than the rotary-powered family sedans Mazda sold in the 1970s. Let’s take a look at this 1985 Mazda RX-7 for sale for $3000 in Molalla, OR.

1985 Mazda RX-7 right front

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Wotary Wagons – 1974 Mazda RX-3 and RX-4

December 7, 2015

You have to admire a company that commits to a concept as seriously as Mazda did with the rotary engine in the early 1970s. And not only did they do that, but they came up with several attractive cars in which to house their engines – even the pickup is one of the better looking compact trucks of its time. What’s more is, instead of keeping the cool, weird stuff to themselves in Japan, they sent it to some lucky North Americans who were blissfully unaware of the upcoming oil crisis. The RX-3 was the most popular of Mazda’s rotary products, though you wouldn’t think it was, given the survival rate. Check out this 1974 Mazda RX-3 wagon for sale for $3000 in Olympia, WA.

1974 Mazda RX-3 Wagon 2 left front

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No Bubbles – 1979 Mazda RX-7 and bonus 1984 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE

June 28, 2015

Reading some of the more highbrow sites, you might get the impression there’s some kind of a run-up in the prices of SA and FB series RX-7s, but a quick scan of the local online listings will tell you otherwise. These cars are still very affordable for your average enthusiast, even in the purest early versions and the most powerful GSL-SE specification. If you truly believe in automotive diversity, you do need to at least drive a rotary once in your life, and for these prices who can’t afford an extended test drive? Check out this 1979 Mazda RX-7 for sale for $3000 in Puyallup, WA.

1979 Mazda RX-7 right front

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