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This Might Be The Most Expensive Mazda RX-7 Sold On Bring A Trailer (Update: Or Not)

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The collector car auction marketplace is one of constant one-upmanship. Fewer miles, more documentation, rarer specs, and higher prices have traditionally been the order of business, and it’s come for all the cars we idolized as kids. This 1993 Mazda RX-7 is one of the lowest-mileage examples to ever auction on Bring A Trailer, to the point where it could set a new price record. However, with a current high bar of $148,000, this FD RX-7 has a long way to go.

Of all the 1990s Japanese sports cars, the third-generation Mazda RX-7 is my favorite. Not only is it lithe and agile where the Toyota Supra and Nissan 300ZX are a bit heavy, sequential twin-turbochargers mated to a two-rotor engine offer unbelievable powertrain character. The little Mazda feels like it’s running on rocket fuel rather than unleaded, and driving one is a surprisingly physical experience. Everything is hot, the cabin is tight, the chassis just wants to dance, and you need to be on your A-game to extract this thing’s potential. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive a laser-guided jet-propelled air fryer?

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Mind you, the FD RX-7 never achieved quite the same fame as the Mk4 Toyota Supra or Nissan Skyline GT-R. It wasn’t the car that broke Gran Turismo, nor was it the big hero car in a Hollywood franchise about street racing and guerilla warfare. Instead, it’s simply a brilliant sports car, and made in a way that would be impossible to do again.

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The appeal of this particular RX-7 comes down to condition and mileage. Not only is its black paint in absolutely gorgeous condition under studio lights, it’s only covered around 275 miles per year since it was new. As far as museum pieces go, this is a solid contender. It also comes with a ton of documentation and literature, including a work order to repair a chip and a paint scratch prior to delivery, and all manner of period-correct magazines. It’s a plausible record-contender if I’ve ever seen one, but we need to take a look at the current champ to see what deciding factors might lie ahead.

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Bat Rx-7 Record Holder

So what RX-7 holds the current record on Bring A Trailer? It’s a silver 1994 R2 car that hammered back in June for a wild $148,000. What makes this record even more interesting is that this Silverstone Metallic car and the black car currently being auctioned are extremely comparable in spec and condition.

1993 Mazda Rx-7 Engine Bay

For starters, the R1 and R2 package are essentially the same thing, with the name changing depending on model year. Both include twin oil coolers, brake ducts, a front tower brace, re-tuned suspension, and some aero add-ons, and both are highly desirable on FD RX-7s. In addition, the current record-holder had just 6,743 miles on its odometer when it hammered, making it roughly comparable in mileage to this 8,253-mile car.

1993 Mazda RX-7 Odometer

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So, what role will color play? After all, Mazda USA sold just 83 1994 RX-7 R2s in Silverstone Metallic for 1994, compared to 138 Briliant Black R1 cars for 1993. In fact, Mazda only sold 99 Silverstone Metallic R2 cars in America, no Silverstone Metallic R1 cars, and 312 Brilliant Black R1 and R2 cars combined. That’s a substantial difference in color availability, and could be a deciding factor. So could wear on some interior plastics — the scratches on the center console in the black car will require trim re-finishing to put right.

1993 Mazda Rx-7 Console

Then again, there’s also the chance the market could be softening. Save for a handful of outliers, the market for FD RX-7s has been trending downward since the second quarter of 2022, and I’m seeing similar trends in other enthusiast cars. According to Bring A Trailer historical results, E46 BMW M3 prices have been falling back down to earth, and the vast majority of R34 Nissan Skyline GT-Rs have failed to meet reserve in the past few months. My best guess is that some of the pandemic windfalls seen by wealthier individuals have been eroded away, leading to a slight softening in some areas of the collector car market.

1993 Mazda RX-7 Rear

In any case, with the eleventh hour left on the auction and a high bid of $80,000, this 1993 Mazda RX-7 will be one to watch. There will always be higher-mileage, driver-spec examples out there that won’t cost an absolute arm and leg, but there’s also a certain morbid curiosity in seeing just how high the cream of the crop can go.

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UPDATE: Well, it turns out that a low-mileage FD RX-7 isn’t a $148,001 driving experience. Who knew? The hammer price for this thing was $80,500.

(Photo credits: Bring A Trailer)

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DadBod
DadBod
8 months ago

“pandemic windfalls” is a choice euphemism for PPP fraud.

thejewosh
thejewosh
8 months ago
Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
8 months ago

Come on a decent restro and a very easy rollback of an odometer is not going to fool anyone. The old rollback offsets the odometer can be reset.

Captain Muppet
Captain Muppet
8 months ago

I had two FC RX7s, and even the good one felt shit compared to my one drive in an FD.

Then the world went mad and I’ll never get to own one.

Shooting Brake
Shooting Brake
8 months ago

I remember when super clean FDs were 30k and I drooled over them imagining that one day just maybe I’d be able to pick one up….oh well.

JerryLH3
JerryLH3
8 months ago

Well, hot damn. It ended at $80,500. WTF?

Data
Data
8 months ago

“Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive a laser-guided jet-propelled air fryer?” – I can’t say this had ever cross my mind, but I like the cut of your jib. I had to scroll back up to make sure I wasn’t reading Torch.

Wasn’t this technically Dom’s hero car in The Fast and The Furious? He was afraid to drive the Charger. Either way, the third generation RX-7 was peak Mazda.

Last edited 8 months ago by Data
JerryLH3
JerryLH3
8 months ago

I don’t think it will go for above the record of $148,000, but it will go for A LOT. The market overall is softening a touch. We are never going back to sub $20,000 driver FDs though, which is a shame for my future ownership chances. The 1994 will never have the interior plastic issues the 1993 had, and R2s were a little rarer than R1s simply because the FD got rarer in 1994 and 1995 – the bubble had burst.

It’s a lovely car and I like it better in black than silver. But after 14 years of having two different daily drivers that were both silver, I also just hate silver now.

They are nowhere near the fun of FDs, but FCs still remain attainable fun cars. However, while fun, they do not match the FD aesthetically in any way. The FD is nearly timeless, pop-up headlights aside. The FC is very much a 1980s design.

Jason Roth
Jason Roth
8 months ago

All I really want is to drive one of these, once. When they came out, we immediately knew that they represented the absolute peak for this conception of a sports car: more powerful than a Miata, but otherwise as light and performance-focused as possible without being some sort of stripped-down track rarity.

Also, obviously, drop-dead gorgeous. Looking at this especially shiny example, I honestly can’t think of a better-looking car in my lifetime (50 years now). I’ve always loved 911s, so maybe there’s a model I’d put ahead of this, but most of them aren’t even close IMO. A lot of ’90s and ’00s cars that I liked at the time haven’t aged remotely this well.

Newcarpetsmell
Newcarpetsmell
8 months ago

I’m becoming convinced Bring a Trailer is some sort of money laundering operation. I just don’t understand some of the selling prices.

Last edited 8 months ago by Newcarpetsmell
Skurdnee
Skurdnee
8 months ago
Reply to  Newcarpetsmell

the wealth gap between the lower and upper-classes has gotten fuckin cavernous over the past few years. some people can bid on cars every day and not even notice the money missing.

Toecutter
Toecutter
8 months ago
Reply to  Skurdnee

Meanwhile, there are people living on the street for whom $20 to get their birth certificate re-printed so that they can legally get a job would be life-changing…

Studdley
Studdley
8 months ago
Reply to  Newcarpetsmell

It’s the new art collecting. Tax the rich.

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