Highlights

  • Striking Japanese retro sports car
  • Loads of service history and early paperwork
  • Superb shell – never welded
  • Rare TWR body kit and immaculate interior

The Appeal

 
With its wedge-shaped profile and pop-up headlamps, the Mazda RX-7 is every inch a child of the 1980s. Echoing the GT style and pop-up headlamps of rivals such as the Porsche 944 and Nissan 300ZX, it’s a style that defines an increasingly nostalgic era among performance car enthusiasts.

But the RX-7 is more than that, for its also mechanically fascinating, powered by an innovative twin rotary ‘Wankel’ engine, the Mazda also has turbine smooth acceleration and red lines at 7,000rpm, making it an incredible machine to drive.

This one is a facelifted (FB) first-generation car dating from 1986, midway through the model’s lifecycle. Unlike the early models, it features bigger bumpers, a larger rear spoiler and a much-improved cabin, while it also features an extremely rare TWR factory bodykit, based on the styling of the Walkinshaw Touring Car racers of the era.

It has been kept dry-stored in a private collection for the past two years, following a long-term period of ownership lasting over two decades, during which the car wanted for nothing. It has an impressive history file and is in wonderful, preserved and largely original condition, perfect for the collector. It’s a fabulous piece of Eighties automotive art, in terrific condition inside and out.



The History and Paperwork

  • Original handbook, wallet and service book with book fully stamped up to the 11th service, with further stamps on the back of the following pages
  • Supplied new by Richard Knight Mazda in Swiss Cottage, London, and subsequently resold by Mazda main dealer Elford’s of Bournemouth in 1989, whose number plates are still displayed on the car
  • All original handbooks, documents and factory paperwork
  • Invoices dating back to the late 1980s
  • Large pile of old MOT certificates dating back to 1990
  • Copy of old V5
  • MOT valid to March 2025



The Condition

  • Lovely ‘Tender Blue’ paintwork, largely original with evidence of some paint blending suggesting some past paint rectification to a very high standard
  • Excellent condition all over
  • All four alloy wheels refurbished
  • Recent matching Nexen tyres all-round
  • Appears superb underneath with no visible corrosion or damage
  • Original TWR factory body kit
  • Rear arches and sills are in excellent order
  • Two very small dents in OS/R arch
  • Bumpers all good with no major marks
  • All correct trim, badges and details
  • Full-size sunroof
  • Pop-up headlights
  • Excellent grey velour upholstery
  • Seats in very good condition with only very minor wear to right-hand seat bolster
  • Excellent carpets and door cards
  • Smart luggage area with original blind
  • Original tools and spare wheel
  • Period correct radio-cassette player
  • Digital quartz clock
  • Wonderfully Eighties feel to the interior, which is all intact, fresh and well-presented



The Mechanics

  • 1,146 cc 12a twin rotary Wankel engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Starts on the button with no excessive smoke or oil consumption
  • Well maintained and serviced by previous owner
  • Stainless steel exhaust system
  • New battery still under warranty
  • Drives very well with no known or declared issues



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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1986
  • Make Mazda
  • Model RX-7
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 77,516 Miles
  • Engine size 1146
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Coltishall
  • Location Norfolk
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 7 bidders
  • B1•••• £13,751 13/06/24
  • sm•••• £13,501 13/06/24
  • B1•••• £13,001 13/06/24
  • sm•••• £12,501 13/06/24
  • B1•••• £12,001 13/06/24
  • sm•••• £11,611 13/06/24
  • B1•••• £11,111 12/06/24
  • sm•••• £7,270 12/06/24
  • Ma•••• £6,970 11/06/24
  • do•••• £6,870 11/06/24
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