RARE TRIO 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, fourwheel disc brakes and an uprated engine, while the Series III (19841985) 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 lowkilometre 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 V8engined 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.
This Series 1 RX-7 is expected to fetch about $25,000 on auction.