Hooniverse Weekend Edition – A 1979 Mazda RX-7

I hope you all enjoyed the Hooniverse Interesting Project Car Weekend so far, and the next car I want to show you could very well be a steal. This is a first year Mazda RX-7, and it is currently on eBay as a no reserve auction. This is a car that can be easily updated for cruising around on the coast, or become an SCCA or NASA track demon, at a relatively affordable price. Let’s take a look at this 1979 Mazda RX-7. The Mazda RX-7 was introduced to the States in the fall of 1978, and replaced virtually every other Rotary Powered Mazda here. Many critics stated that the lightweight power-plant deserved to be in a car like this all along, and Mazda got it right with this design. They mounted the engine in a front-midship fashion which helped the car achieve an almost 50-50 weight distribution. The car was also styled like no other Mazda at that time, with clean lines, and no excessive surface decoration. It was very clear from the beginning that the RX-7 was going to be a monster at the track, and it was. Now we come to this particular Mazda, and it is unusual to have a fairly desirable car listed on eBay with a no reserve auction. Yes, the interior needs a bit of work, and there is some rust, but it is an honest to god RX-7, that’s in running condition. Of all the project cars listed this weekend, this one is a relative cake walk to get into shape. The seller states that the A/C doesn’t work, but if you’re building a track machine, that’s the first thing you toss anyway. With only 2 days left before the auction ends, the bidding has stalled at $720! It will probably double near the end, but the winner has an RX-7, that needs a little work to bring back to stock, or a great set of bones to make it into a race-car, or with a little cheating, a winning 24-Hours-of-LeMons entry. See the eBay listing here, and tell me what you could do with this car.

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