Thursday, May 23, 2019

Grey Zombie: 1979 Mazda RX-7 GS

I'm all about rooting for the underdog, because who doesn't love a good underdog.  But when does a dog go from underdog to total basket case?  And when does a total wreck become a project car? Find this 1979 Mazda RX-7 GS offered for $1500 in San Jose, CA.


From the seller:
 1979 Mazda Rx-7 GS 
VIN: SA222C520151 
condition: fair 
cylinders: other 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 182963 
paint color: silver 
size: compact 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: coupe 
I'm the original owner of this 1979 Mazda Rx-7 GS rotary engine sports car (purchased in North Carolina). This is the first year of the Mazda Rx-7. This Rx-7 GS model comes with aluminum alloy wheels rather than the stock steel wheels of the Rx-7 S model, a five-speed manual transmission, and the original black side moldings. With its "front mid-engine" design, the 1979 Rx-7 has a 50/50 front-to-rear weight balance for great handling. The spare is a real aluminum alloy wheel with a mounted tire. I parked the car in my driveway after it was registered and driveable in June of 2011 and I have not driven it since that time. Please note that I was unable to start the car at least five years ago and I just left it parked in my driveway. The summer sun has done damage to the dashboard and rearview mirror, but the body is very good. There is not a dent on it. The engine was rebuilt so its parts are newer than the rest of the car. Factory air conditioning is installed. I put "fair" as the condition, but THIS CAR IS CURRENTLY NOT RUNNING AND MUST BE TOWED. THE FIRST PHOTO IS ABOUT ELEVEN YEARS OLD when I took the car to a classic car show. 

I have the original "Model '79 Owner's Manual" that came with the car when I bought it new. With some work, this car will run again or it can be used as a great source of parts. Only one of the five tires is flat. it does not start and has been sitting in my driveway for eight years. THE PHONE NUMBER IS FOR A HOME LANDLINE SO PLEASE CALL SINCE TEXTING WILL NOT WORK! LEAVE A MESSAGE ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE IF I DON'T GET TO THE PHONE TO ANSWER IT IN PERSON.



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9 comments:

  1. Jeez.........talk about the condition of your car reflecting the condition of your yard....or is it vice versa.....in any event................

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  2. Oh.... So, he is THAT neighbor....

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  3. What's the purpose of the car show picture? It's like showing a picture of your busted up wife when she was 21. Doesn't matter what it USED to look like lol
    Super fun car though, probably worth someone fixing it up

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  4. Where is the SPCA when you need them (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Automobiles)? This is a prime example where "one owner" is not a good thing. Clearly he lost interest in the car a while ago, and should have re-homed it at that time. If it was close, I guess I would look at it, just cuz it seems to be rust free, but otherwise, I just find it depressing.

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  5. May I point out that the wheels on this vintage RX7 are right up there with SAAB soccer balls in original equipment wheel goodness.

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    1. Dare I say slightly Campy esque?

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    2. Yes, the Alfetta GTV for instance or many Abarths

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  6. Nice Sharing! Where is the SPCA when you need them (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Automobiles)? This is a prime example where "one owner" is not a good thing. Clearly he lost interest in the car a while ago, and should have re-homed it at that time. If it was close, I guess I would look at it, just cuz it seems to be rust free, but otherwise, I just find it depressing.

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