As far as modern classic Japanese cars go, the 1992+ Mazda RX-7 has got to be the sleekest, sexiest and most desirable of all. Sure, the Toyota Supra is grabbing all the attention at the moment, but the RX-7 is it for me. Arrow to the heart, drop dead gorgeous, right down to the flip-up headlights.
Like nearly every other Japanese contender at the time, it has twin turbos, think: the Nissan 300ZX, Toyota Supra, and Mitsubishi 3000 GT VR4. Ahhh the good old days. Except that this model has a 1.3 litre (79 ci) Wankel (rotary) engine. The Wankel is a very unique engine in the automotive world, and Mazda’s RX models are the last ones produced in a car sold commercially.
Honestly, I have a hard time saying the name “Wankel” without a chuckle. I keep thinking things like: “Don’t get your Wankel caught in your zipper.” or “Keep your hand off your Wankel or you will go blind.” I know it’s juvenile, but I’m a car guy and that’s how we get sometimes.
So if I had a garage big enough to fit this Wankel, I would…I would…well, I’m not going to say it in mixed company. But what I would do is drive it on a daily basis, and enjoy the heck out of it. This particular example is, joyously, a 5-speed manual, has 75K miles, and has a good number upgrades that make it stand out.
I’m not going to re-hash all of those upgrades but you can see them HERE on Craigslist where this Wankel (I can’t stop saying it now) is listed for $21,500. Not bad for what I see as a car that one day will be even more of a classic than it is now. Sigh…