Thursday, October 9, 2014

5k: 4-Doors Good: 1973 Mazda RX2 Sedan

The Mazda Capella (as it was known in Japan) was badged as the Mazda 616 or 618 for export, but once you selected the rotary engine they slapped on an RX-2 badge and threw an extra case of motor oil in the trunk.  The RX-2 was one of the first cars available for sale in the US with rotary power and isn't seen on the road often today. Find this 1973 Mazda RX2 Sedan offered for an undisclosed price in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.

This listing kicks off another episode of The Big List of Things We Love About Craigslist -- starting with the lousy portrait oriented photos, continuing with it just needs x,y & z and it'll be a really nice car and completing the trifecta with "make me an offer I know what these cars are really worth."  The fact that the Mazda rocker stripe appears in one picture but not the other doesn't even make a top ten of awesome in this advert!!

Under the hood is a Mazda 12A rotary engine fed via a set of Weber downdraft carbs that is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.Oh look, some blue hoses.

See another 4-door classic worth a second look?


  1. Forgive another delete-to-edit here.

    These were really, really nice cars, and fast enough to give a 2002tii absolute fits.

    The downside, if I recall my friends' experience correctly, was that with the way Mazda set them up and the horrible smog-control technology of the day they got 16mpg if you put an egg between your foot and the gas pedal, and I'm sure the two-hole Italian hydrocarbon urinal on this one doesn't improve that. Apex seal life also sucked back then, of course, and so lots of these things went to an early grave. Shame, engine aside they were second only to the Datsun 510/610 in road behavior and at least as well built.

    The condition of the fender/firewall edgues under the hood doesn't say great things about his new paint job.

  2. Nice to see one that hasn't been ruined by the modder crowd. Wonder what the story is about the 662 on the driver's fender in paint marker is all about...

    1. Just be thankful it is not 666: the fender of the beast.

  3. 662 area code , firing order of a wankel, wrecking yard wing number

    1. My guess was the 3rd one, and what was the story behind the replacement wing.


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