Friday, November 3, 2017

Trifecta of Weird: 1973 Mazda RX-2

You know what is my favorite combination of attributes for a classic car?  Fast, loud, & rusty?  Nope.  Close, but no.  My favorite is rarely scene (rare and rarely scene aren't the same thing...), common parts, and reasonable price.  This next car hits those points because -- when was the last time you saw an RX-2 on the road, 13B rotaries are scattered around like pieces of an exploded flywheel, and the asking price, albeit high, isn't classic 911 high.  Find this 1973 Mazda RX-2 offered for $13,500 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

 From the seller:

Selling 1973 Mazda RX2 rotary in good running condition. Asking $13,500. 

Purchased from an RX2 enthusiast in east LA nearly three years ago. His stable included two running Mazdas and three on stilts that he was actively rebuilding. 

I've driven it almost everyday since with minimal issue and have made a series of improvements along the way (see below). Though I've seriously considered bringing it with me, I'm relocating to New York where it would be cost-prohibitive to park. Oddly enough, I've had countless people offer to buy the car before I was interested in selling it. 

Should you want a history lesson:

As mentioned, the previous owner is a rotary enthusiast with expert-level knowledge. Here are the specs. 

- 13b 6 port engine from '85 RX7 GSL-SE (BR8EQ14 NGK plugs)
- 13b headers
- Stock clutch
- Transmission from Second Gen. RX7 
- Limited slip differential 
- 48 Weber IDA carbs 
- MSD ignition coils 
- Dual Glasspack mufflers 
- Riken 15" 4X110 bolt pattern wheels
- Rear disk breaks from '82 RX7

I've had a bit of work done over the years. 

- Body work 
- Replaced fuel pump
- Replaced battery 
- Rebuilt radiator 
- Cleaned carbs 
- Sourced original luggage rack 

I was rear-ended by a texting driver a couple weeks ago. The damage is minimal (see photos) but is certainly worth calling out. Otherwise, there are a handful of things I never did get around to addressing. 

- Odometer doesn't work 
- No horn but rigged to wire 
- Stereo needs switch installed
- 4-inch tear in backseat 
- Wear consistent with age (i.e. cracking on leather on doors, lights could be rechromed) 

Though the photos were taken a few months back, the car is accurately represented. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out by email or text. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

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  1. Replies
    1. Who's Rarely and when did ve see it?

    2. All seriousness aside, it's supposed to be Rarelyscene, that brief interregnum between the Faroutscene and Plasticene epochs, when the current Craptassic period was still not set in stone. *sigh*

  2. Drove one of these owned by a friend. First gear acceleration was astounding and when I hit second gear at 9000 rpm I felt like I was going through the seat and out the back window. Killer little sleepers.

  3. RX-Duce
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  4. Body damage, non working odometer, no horn... not a $13K car, especially considering how expensive it is to fix body work and sort a broken speedometer/odometer (good luck finding a replacement)... also due to the non original motor and transmission, this car little value as a classic car, but is more of a hot rod... maybe worth $6K


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