Rare trio of Mazda RX-7s to go under hammer

Rare trio of Mazda RX-7s to go under hammer

THEY’VE become hard to find these days, but three collectible Mazda RX-7 rotary-engined sports coupes will be up for grabs at Shannons’ May 8 Melbourne Autumn Auction.

The Australian-delivered Series I, Series II and Series III coupes represent the first time that a sequential trio of early RX-7s has been offered for auction in Australia.

Even more appealing for collectors is that all three RX-7s have manual transmissions, are presented in largely original condition and all will be offered with no reserve.

Introduced in 1978, the RX-7 represented the Japanese manufacturer’s first volume production application of the revolutionary Felix Wankel rotary engine.

They had 1146cc, twin-rotor 12A motors that gave them extraordinary performance for such a small capacity and they competed successfully against cars such as Porsche’s 924 and the Nissan 260Z.

Their aerodynamic bodies featured fashionable pop-up headlight, a glass lift-up rear window and 2+2 seating, while the interior was well equipped and trimmed in velour.

The Series II RX7 models, made from 1981-83, featured bigger bumpers, larger wrap-around tail lights, prominent waistline protective strips, new alloy wheels, four-wheel disc brakes and an uprated engine, while the Series III (1984-1985) had an updated lower front fascia and featured bigger brakes, stiffer suspension and distinctive new alloy wheels.

The silver ‘small bumper’ Series I being auctioned is a low-kilometre, three-owner car that spent most of the past 12 years in storage.

The metallic blue Series II RX-7 is a one-owner, unmodified car with original books, while the yellow Series III coupe is a low-kilometre car made even rarer by not having a factory sunroof.

All sit on their original and distinctive factory alloy wheels, have excellent interiors and, unusually, each is fitted with airconditioning.

Adding to its sporting appeal, the RX-7 acquitted itself well in motor racing around the world, with Allan Moffat campaigning a series of RX-7 models in the Australian Touring Car Championship, famously winning the National title against the might of V8-engined rivals in 1983.

Shannons expect the Series I model to sell in the $20,000-$26,000 range, with the Series II and Series III models each commanding around $14,000-$18,000.