Monday, February 29, 2016

Another Leaper: 1984 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE

Welcome to Leap Day on DT, where we look at cars ready to take the Leap from depreciated crap to appreciating classic: The first generation Mazda RX-7 (SA/FB) was sold from 1978 through 1985 that offered a combination of spinning rotary power, cat-like reflexes, and pop-up headlights that few other cars can match, but they are surprisingly cheap to buy -- don't expect that to last forever.  Find this 1984 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE here on eBay bidding for $2,550 located in Rio Rancho, NM with 3 days to go.

Prices are about as low as they will ever go and should be on the way up...unless I'm reading this chart up-side-down...whoa, don't tell them about the chart...right...nothing to see here..  If you find a nice one, you can own/drive it for a few years, you might not lose a dime on it, even if you budget for a minor engine rebuild every 75k miles.

 The GSL-SE edition RX-7 (series 3) is powered by the crème-de-la-crêpe of those pancake shaped rotary engines, the 13B RE-EGI that was fuel injected to produce 135 horsepower and 135 ft-lbs of torque.  The 13B is attached to a 5-speed manual gearbox that puts power to the pavement via a limited-shrimp-differential that gets crustaceous if you don't change the fluid on a regular frequency.

The GSL-SE also added a set of upgraded rear disc brakes (with a 4x4.5 inch bolt pattern), an external oil cooler, and up-rated shocks/springs.  The FB was never sold in the USA with the 12A turbo (the JDM only Savanna edition) so if you want the best, you should get the GSL-SE.

See a better car for future appreciation?


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