Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
This 1983 Mazda RX-7 GSL is a one-owner car that has been exceptional car and comes with all the right paperwork (including the window sticker.) So as we start to pay even more attention to the Japanese classics, you want one that's not only fun to drive, but also an example that has been properly respected for decades.
Mazda wrote a love letter to all the best sports cars when they developed the first-generation RX-7. The lengthy front and fastback rear are the ideal classic proportions that the European cars taught us to love. The long hood with hidden headlights looks bit like the Porsche 924, and Mazda even beat the C4 Corvette to this clean and sleek look! Those artful four-spoke alloys are from the contemporary school of Japanese flair. So you know this one has style. But you can also see this has seen the right care. The side black rub strips contrast the white lacquer nicely, and they look like an almost unbroken line as they encircle the car. That shows off the proper panel fit and the now-famous Japanese quality construction. And we know you love the vintage details - everything from the louvered rear window to the way the added amber driving lights coordinate with the parking lights and reflectors. It's all what you get on a coupe that has been under the same care for nearly 40 years.
The interior continues this car's feeling of a well-respected life. The bucket seats have intricate cloth inserts and were engineered to keep you comfortable. This upper-level GSL model is loaded with all the best sports car features, including center console, power windows, power steering, cruise control, provisions for R134a air conditioning, and the cool factory AM/FM/cassette stereo with integrated equalizer. Plus, you have the choice between two roof panels to have a color-matched top or a translucent glass pane. Best of all, you can also choose to go without either of them and have a targa top kind of experience. And this open-air feeling goes terrific with the overall driver-oriented setup. From behind the original steering wheel you can see the clearly marked instruments, including the 7,000 RPM redline tach prominently in the center.
Under the hood is what makes the RX-7 so special. The two-rotor Wankel engine is the ideal powerplant when you want a smooth and speedy machine. No pistons, no crankshaft, no valves: just a pair of triangular rotors smoothly revving away to power you down the road. This is a replacement motor that was done about halfway through this car's mileage. In fact, there have been big investments all along the way for this coupe. That's why it's a strong runner, and the five-speed maul transmission feels as effortless as the motor. The engine takes up less space than a traditional unit, and that allows it to be set further back than other sports cars to deliver a desirable front-mid engine layout. Plus, as a GSL, you have desirable features that include a limited-slip rear end, rear sway bar, and four-wheel disc brakes.
A one-owner car means a high level of respect. The sale even comes with the original warranty card, reproduction window sticker, owner's manual, and plenty of maintenance records. It makes for a driver's classic with a terrific history. And it's all offered for one obtainable price. Call today!!!
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