Lot 17
1994 Mazda RX7 FD Twin Turbo Coupe


CHASSIS NO: JM1FD3330R0301211

• 1 of only 2,210 sold in the US in 1994
• Only 56,712 documented miles
• Excellent survivor example
• Clean Carfax® report

1.3-litre R2 Wankel rotary engine, 190 kW / 255 HP (SAE net) at 6500 rpm, 294 Nm / 217 ft-lb torque, five-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, Independent suspension with double wishbones all around, ventilated disc brakes; wheelbase: 95.5”

The Toyo Kogyo Company of Hiroshima, Japan moved from manufacturing machine tools to vehicles in 1931. Beginning in the 1960s, the company was inspired by the NSU and their use of the Wankel rotary engine. Toyo Kogyo saw the use of this technology as a way to differentiate themselves from other Japanese vehicle manufacturers. Mazda formally entered the US market in 1970 and quickly gained a foothold by offering a small pickup truck powered by their rotary engine. Over the ensuing decades, Mazda became the sole manufacturer of rotary powered vehicles worldwide by virtue of attrition. The company formally changed its name to Mazda in 1984.

The RX7 debuted in 1978 and quickly found a devoted following in the US. The car was a marvel of handling and performance. In 1993, the third and final generation of the RX7, designated the FD, arrived on US shores. By this time, the car was well-refined, and the rotary engine was well-developed proven technology. The compact size of the engine gave the car a very low center of gravity and allowed the motor to be placed well behind the front axle giving the car a 50/50 weight distribution. With the addition of twin Hitachi HT12 sequential turbochargers and intercooler, the power plant was now putting out 255 horsepower and the factory claimed a top speed of 157 mph. Playboy magazine chose the 1993 RX7 as their car of the year, besting the Dodge Viper. Despite the stellar performance and handling that enabled the car to punch way above its weight, sales were dismal. RX7 sales peaked in 1986 at 56,203 cars and slid every year thereafter. Only 2,210 cars were sold in 1994 out of a total 3,403 produced for the US market.

This wonderful survivor example has air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes and power windows. There is a clean Carfax® report that goes with the car. These are quickly gaining popularity in the collector community. So many of these cars were run hard and modified over the years; it is rare to find such a good survivor example that would make a fine addition to any collection.

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