2017 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction

1980 Mazda RX7 Series 1 Coupe

$22,000 - $26,000

No Reserve


Engine Twin-rotor Wankel, 1146cc
Gearbox 5-speed manual
Engine No. 207085
Chassis No. SA22C-568702
Body Work Coupe
Colour Silver
Interior Maroon
Trim Cloth/vinyl
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Discs/Drums

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When Mazda designed a sports car to compete with the likes of Datsun’s 280Z and Porsche’s 924 in the 1970s, it followed a decade of consistent development of Dr Felix Wankel’s remarkable rotary engine.  From the original Cosmo 1100 unveiled at the 1963 Tokyo Motor Show to the RX-series coupes and sedans, the rotary had been honed to become a reliable alternative to the conventional internal combustion engine, transforming these otherwise unremarkable little cars into high-revving machines capable of out performing many so-called sports cars.  Launched in 1978, the all-new RX-7 featured fresh liftback styling with pop-up headlamps, neatly integrated bumpers and excellent proportions, while the well equipped cabin boasted full instrumentation, a wide centre console and 2+2 seating layout.  Badged the Savannah in Japan, where it sold in Custom, Super Custom and Limited versions, the RX-7 proved a massive hit in export markets, particularly North America where a lengthy waiting list developed in the first year as supplies ran short, with hefty premiums being paid by enthusiasts anxious to get their hands on Mazda’s latest.  The RX-7 proved equally popular in Australia and went on to enjoy a successful motor sport career in this country in the hands of Allan Moffat in early 1980s, including a second and two thirds at the Bathurst 1000 enduro.  Priced well below its rivals, the RX-7 used its lighter weight and front mid-engined layout to good advantage, with road testers singing the praises of the Mazda’s roadholding.  In voting the new model its ‘Best Sports Car Under $7000’ Road & Track said “The RX-7 is a blend of the best of both worlds; a true sporting GT” while Car & Driver commented “Every once in a while a car comes along that seems too good to be true. The original 240Z was one… and now we have the Mazda RX-7. The car cannot lose. It has power, smoothness, comfort, reasonable looks and a generally sophisticated demeanor, all for about $7000.” Today, almost 40 years since its introduction, the first generation RX-7 has assumed classic status and good original examples are becoming increasingly sought after by collectors. 


  • Fantastic Series 1 Mazda RX-7
  • Known history from new
  • Ideal for the rotary collector
According to the history supplied by the vendor, a keen Mazda RX-7 collector and enthusiast, this lovely Series 1 car was originally supplied through Hotham Motors in country Victoria to the first owner in 1980, who sold it a decade later to a couple living nearby.  Although regularly serviced, the Mazda saw very little use. Recent work included replacing the radiator, thermostat housing, gasket and hoses in 2007.  The car was then sourced by the current owner for a large collection housed in Perth, spending the next nine years in storage alongside a number of other classics.  Apart from changing the fluids and filters, the car was left very much as purchased and never registered.  When the Mazda came on the market again 2016, the vendor quickly snapped up the car for his own collection.  Presented in silver with maroon cloth/vinyl upholstery, the Mazda is showing  22,670 kilometres on the clock (At time of cataloguing)  and comes with air conditioning and factory 13-inch alloy rims.  Perfect for the rotary collector or enthusiast wanting an original, unmolested early RX-7, cars this good rarely come on the open market.  Sadly the service records were lost whilst in WA but the car does still have the original handbook and will be sold unregistered and at No Reserve.  
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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