1988 Mazda RX-7 Convertible
The Wankel engine is a type of internal combustion engine using an eccentric rotary design to convert pressure into rotating motion. All parts rotate consistently in one direction, as opposed to the common reciprocating piston engine, which has pistons violently changing direction. In contrast to the more common reciprocating pistons designs, the Wankel engine delivers advantages of simplicity, smoothness, compactness, high revolutions per minute, and a high power-to-weight ratio.
This Mazda self-described heavy influence from the Porsche 944 for the body design car, only released 5,000 Cabriolet units to the USA. Seen here is Guards Red with gray leather interior, and excellent condition rear glass window convertible top, and a mere consigner stated 2,500 miles a year since birth.
Nicely preserved Guards Red, straight gapped steel panels with matching crash bumpers, mirrors and badging (look ma no chrome!), are broken up by a black dent guard belt line running the circumference of the car. Top presents in very nice condition and gives the driver the option of a hardtop/soft top/targa/convertible. Seen is a glass back window in pristine condition with a rear defroster. Factory BBS Wheels with center locking hub appear factory! Very nice overall presentation for the total exterior. The exterior shows some signs of hail damage as shown in the pictures.
Gray leather with horizontal stitched tufting in the center with plain piped bolsters, and speaker inserted headrests wrap the Recaro buckets. These seats offer a sporty grab you but are very comfortable. Cracking of the seat leather is evident especially on the driver's seat. Door panels use the leather as well and show pioneer speakers for that added sound on the sides. A pioneer sound system sits in the center console and gives you the option to play cassettes, CD's, or an AM/FM radio. Enough buttons to keep a 747 pilot occupied. Light gray carpeting covers the floor and accents the door panels. Power windows, power top, and cruise control can be seen installed and working.
The Wankel Rotary 13B (a mere 13ci!) produces 146HP which translates to 100MPH @ 3400RPM. Consigner states there is no real redline, but you'll get a notice when you should shift at 7000RPM. Bolted to the rear of the mill is a 5-speed manual transmission. Seen on the good condition underside is 4-wheel steering, which makes cornering just a bit easier.
Overall very nice condition RX-7, mechanically sound, cared for, and when you compare it to a 944, less than half the price. One might say more bang for your buck.