The 1988 Mazda RX-7 was the first year you could get a convertible in the second-generation rotary-powered sports car. And you can tell that the owner of this was enthusiastic about getting his hands on this one. After all, with an amazingly low 29,162 original miles, original paint, original interior, and original rev-happy rotary engine, this droptop has been treasured from day one.
The RX-7 is a machine that's always full of clever ideas, and dropping its top only adds to the appeal. Dressed in its factory Sapphire Blue, it has been preserved correctly so that the sleek shape still looks contemporary. Of course it also helps when great care is combined with the exceptional build quality of these Mazdas. So, the headlights fit flush against the body; the black trim line remains unbroken as it encircles the entire car; the crisp black folding roof matches the trim line; and the 15-inch factory BBS wheels have never done a parking lot battle. The result is a car that looks far younger than its age would suggest. This RX-7 is not only alluring for its rarity, but also for its level of caring preservation.
A car like this is meant to be open to the world. So the blue leather interior does a great job of coordinating with the exterior providing the kind of tones that are often reserved for the best European roadsters. The carpeting, door panels, dash, and bucket seats (with nifty speakers integrated in the headrests) are all original, and as you can see from the exceptional condition, no one ever let this Mazda bake in the sunlight for an extended time. You'll slip behind the sporty three-spoke steering wheel and get excited as you grip the well-placed stick shift. Your heart will begin beating a bit faster as you watch the red-faced gauges begin to dance – and yes, the tach is prominently the center just like a Porsche. But more than just a pure sports machine, the RX-7 was Mazda's flagship car, and so there are plenty of luxury features. It includes, power windows, power seats, cruise control, a factory AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo, and air conditioning to help keep you cool while looking cool in this classic droptop.
The RX7's real calling card was the revolutionary two-rotor Wankel engine. And this numbers-matching motor has only averaged about 1,000 miles per year over its lifetime. No pistons, no crankshaft, no valves, just a pair of triangular rotors inside a beer-keg-sized housing. The design was compact, efficient, and could provide the same power as its six and eight-cylinder competitors. But its true hallmark was that it could happily spin to 7,000 RPM with incredible smoothness. And you get to experience all of the powerband thanks to the full control of the five-speed manual transmission. The low mileage also means an amazing engine presentation. All the plated parts are still shiny, the rubber components are supple, and even the original hose clamps are still used throughout. But just because this is so well preserved, it would be a shame not to take it out on the road. After all, the fully independent suspension, low-mounted motor, and four-wheel disc brake package combine to offer the ideal mixture of performance and comfort.
Complete with the original warranty card, window sticker, owner's manual, and maintenance records, this preserved classic is a blast to drive down your favorite twisting piece of pavement, with the wind in your hair and the sun overhead. So at this price, this interesting total package classic won't be with us long. Call now!!