2017 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction

1985 Mazda RX7 Series 3 Coupe

$14,000 - $18,000

No Reserve


Engine Twin-rotor Wankel, 1146cc
Gearbox 5-speed manual
Engine No. 438529
Chassis No. SA22C-705585
Body Work Coupe
Colour Yellow
Interior Grey
Trim Cloth/Vinyl
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Discs

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Mazda’s first generation RX-7 sports car was already a smash hit by the mid-1980s, particularly in the all-important North American market, while Australian buyers had been equally enthralled by the combination of rotary power, refinement, handling and value for money. Having already updated the model in 1981 with colour-coded bumpers and a new interior featuring more supportive seats, Mazda’s designers continued to develop and improve the RX-7 and the so-called Series 3 was introduced for the 1984 model year.  Big news was a new five-speed gearbox (and the option of a four-speed automatic), along with fresh 14-inch alloy wheels shod with Dunlop 205/60 rubber, ventilated disc brakes all round and revised rear suspension.  The power steering was now speed variable in some markets and the more powerful fuel-injected 13B rotary headlined in America as the top of the range GSL-SE variant, offering a significant power boost.  For Australian customers, the original 12A motor was refined and still developed enough power to outrun its rivals.  The interior also came in for some revision, with an improved dash layout and a number of detail changes.  With the second generation RX-7 just around the corner, Mazda released a number of limited edition models, including a turbocharged variant, and the model bowed out after an impressive 471,018 had been sold around the world, making it easily the best selling rotary car of all time.   


  • Immaculate Series 3 RX-7
  • Very original car with low kms
  • Would suit the collector
Forming part of a small private collection of first generation Mazda RX-7s, this immaculate Series 3 spent the majority of its life in Adelaide with a female doctor and comes with factory air conditioning and - unusually for this model - no sunroof.  An aircraft trimmer in Queensland bought the car six years ago before the most recent owner, an ardent rotary enthusiast, added the car to his stable.  Now showing 113,000 kms, (at time of cataloguing) the Mazda is a substantially original car, the bright yellow duco, upholstery and cloth trim all presenting in excellent condition for a vehicle of this age.  With most RX-7s now very tired or heavily modified, this is a rare opportunity for the rotary enthusiast or collector to acquire a one of the last of the first generation models in such well preserved condition. The Mazda will be sold unregistered and comes with the original books supplied and will be offered at No Reserve. 
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