2017 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction

1981 Mazda RX7 Series 2 Coupe

$14,000 - $18,000

No Reserve


Engine Twin-rotor Wankel, 1146cc
Gearbox 5-speed manual
Engine No. 205352
Chassis No. SA22C-652547
Body Work Coupe
Colour Blue
Interior Grey & Red
Trim Velour
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Discs

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Thanks to extensive development of Dr Felix Wankel’s radical rotary engine in a range of production cars during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Japanese carmaker Mazda had overcome the inherent sealing problems by the time it launched a proper sports car designed around the engine in 1978.  The new RX-7 was a stylish, practical and technologically advanced automobile that ultimately proved a sales success, with more than 800,000 built over three generations. Intended to compete with the likes of Porsche’s 924, road tests compared the Japanese car more than favorably with its German rival, commenting on the excellent handling and roadholding and the outstanding performance afforded by the twin-rotor 12A engine.  The attractive and aerodynamic body featured fashionable pop-up headlamps, a glass lift-back and 2+2 seating while the interior was well equipped and trimmed in velour.  A Mark II version was introduced in 1981 with more power, new alloy wheels and various improvements inside.  The bodywork was also revised, with integrated colour-coded bumpers, black rubber protective side mouldings and a new tail lamp design.  Other changes included the five-speed gearbox becoming standard on all models and disc brakes on all four wheels for European specification cars.  The RX-7 acquitted itself well in motor racing around the world, including Australia, where Allan Moffat’s Stuvysant-backed efforts in the Group C category garnered multiple wins and even a second place at the Bathurst 1000.  Vindication of the rotary as a serious rival for conventional engines occurred in 1991 with outright victory in the famous Le Mans 24-Hour race for the Mazda 787B.  


  • Lovely Mazda RX-7 Series 2 sports car
  • One registered owner from new
  • Original, unrestored car
This fabulous Mazda RX-7 is an original, unrestored example of the Series 2 model and has only had one registered owner throughout its life, who resided in the Kinglake area north of Melbourne.  Showing just under 94,000 kilometres on the clock, the car was sourced by the current owner for his rotary collection and comes with desirable factory options of air conditioning, 13-inch factory alloy wheels and a radio/cassette player with graphic equalizer.  Beautifully presented in metallic blue with an amazingly well preserved grey cloth interior, the Mazda should appeal to any rotary collector or enthusiast wanting an original example of the classic RX-7 sports car.  Currently unregistered, the Mazda comes with the original books supplied and will be offered for sale at No Reserve.
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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