Someone Snagged This 1987 Mazda RX-7 Survivor For Just $6K

By Jeffrey N. Ross Dec 06, 2019
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By Jeffrey N. Ross Dec 06, 2019
Most of these RX-7s were modded and abused back in the day; not this one!

Japanese sports cars started becoming a huge hit in the U.S. in the 1980s, but while Supra prices continue to soar, this unmolested 1987 Mazda RX-7 is proof that you can still grab one of these cars for a good price. With a hammer price of just $6,000 through Raleigh Classic Car Auctions, this Mazda is easily an investment-grade opportunity as '80s and '90s Japanese cars gain popularity as legit collector vehicles.

Live Out Your '80s JDM Dreams In This 1987 Mazda RX-7
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While many of these Mazdas have been either modified or abused (or both) over the years, it's getting hard to find a second-generation RX-7 in good shape. This 1987 RX-7 is an exception, however, as it remains in amazing condition, and even more remarkable, this is no low-mileage garage queen. With 75,000 miles on the odometer, this RX-7 has obviously been driven and enjoyed, but it has also been babied by the single family that has owned it since 1987.

What makes the RX-7 special is its naturally aspirated Wankel rotary engine, and in true enthusiast fashion, this one has a five-speed manual transmission. In addition to the low miles and one-family ownership, the listing says that this car is "mostly original," but it's hard to spot any major changes. This car still has the factory AM/FM/cassette radio and five-spoke aluminum wheels (although the rear wheels are installed in the wrong direction), and it has features such as air power windows, cruise control and a sunroof.

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The Mazda RX-7 was at the forefront of the Japanese sports car surge that peaked in the 1990s, and this clean, low-mileage 1987 RX-7 is an amazing example. If you missed out bidding on this car at the Winter 2019 Raleigh Classic, don't worry: we have a feeling you'll be seeing plenty of similar sports cars like this at auctions in 2020!


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