Monday, December 2, 2019

Save The Rotary Wagons: 1976 Mazda RX-4 Wagon

I'm posting this next car for all of the wrong reasons.  It isn't really a good deal.  It will cost the next owner more money than it will ever be worth.  And it will probably cause more heartache than a teenager on methamphetamine...but this car needs to be saved.  I guess this is a charity case.  This is a car that needs someone with more money than sense to keep it from going to the boneyard, because how many RX-4 wagons are left in this world? How many more manual gearbox Japanese wagons with rotary engines exist? Screw the whales, save this manual gearbox equipped rotary powered wagon. Find this 1976 Mazda RX4 Wagon offered for $3,500 in Tracy, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck. 

From the seller:
1976 Mazda rx4
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 114000

paint color: custom
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: wagon

1976 Mazda RX4 Wagon, clean California title, 114k miles, all original besides paint, original 13B engine locked up, 5 speed transmission, new clutch 5000 miles Ago, new brakes 200 miles ago, all the electrical works, original radio still works, jack looks brand new, has rust on several spots like roof, hood, some doors, fender, all doors and hatch lock, original hubcaps, no accidents, $3500. Located in Tracy California

See a better way to waste your time and money for the greater good?


  1. Truly empath qualities, but you gotta ask yourself what substance drives this seller
    to $3500 (besides cost of living in CA) vs inspection. Simply volunteer on Thanksgiving instead.

    1. Soup kitchen...or Mazda garage? Maybe someone could start a volunteer run car restoration non-profit.

  2. So many cars, so little timeDecember 2, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    It's a realistic price -- if the seller paid me $3,500, I would take the car.

  3. This proves that the myth of "California cars don't rust!" is exactly that. Must have lived on the beach its entire life...maybe in the surf, too! The year-correct six-digit blue/yellow plates confer it's been there forever, anyway. This would be an ambitious project for the most rotary-maniacal Mazda partisan!

  4. That mid 1960s Toyota Crown parked next to it is probably at least as rare. At first I thought it was a Mercedes until I noticed the door handles.

    My family’s farm is about a mile from where that photo is taken, note how the rust starts at the top? Typical Tracy rust.

  5. How do you lock up a rotary engine? Has the very rare locking gas cap door.

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