The seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe FD RX7 claims it to be “bone stock.” That’s getting to be hard to find these days, but will this stock car’s price leave you feeling boned?
Do you yodel? It’s a sport in the Alpine mountains of the Germanic states. In fact if the documentary I saw the other night - something called The Sound of Music - is accurate, there’s all kinds of singing goes on in those rugged European peaks. I think my favorite is one titled Ricola.
The seller of yesterday’s 1989 Alpina B10 3.5/1 was perhaps singing a sad song – a woebegone warble as it were – over the 58% Crack Pipe loss suffered by his ride. That was surprising as these are as rare as chicken orthodontics, but hey, the masses have spoken.
Today you get to speak – and vote - on a 1993 Mazda RX7 Turbo, a car that has just as many ponies as yesterday’s Alpina, but being a Wankel, a lot less twist. The hard numbers are 255-bhp and 217 lb-ft of torque and that’s good enough to rocket the 2,800-lb FD to 60 in under 5 seconds. At least it once was.
Wrapped around those performance bona fides is a body that arguably makes the FD one of the best RX7s in the family. Sure, good luck finding those door handles when you’re drunk but then again you shouldn’t be driving plastered anyway. See, safety too!
Car and Driver once ranked the ’93 RX7 as one of the year’stop 10 cars. They praised the car for its power delivery – oooh, those turbos – and the handling afforded by its 50/50 weight distribution and go kart-esque steering. Other contemporary testers described the FD as being a world class ride.
Of course a lot of people can’t leave well enough alone and many FDs have seen modifications over the years, increasing their desirability to their then-owner/builders, and perhaps limiting the attractiveness to others not sharing their unique vision.
This Vintage Red over biscuit FD is claimed not to be tainted by such aftermarket tomfoolery. That makes it either a primo choice for someone seeking to experience an undiluted factory example, or a clean slate for someone who wants to Frankenstein their own.
That would be kind of a sad thing to do as there’s some value in a factory stock car, especially one once vaunted as one of the world’s greats. The ad doesn’t say what package this car has, Touring, Base, or whatever, but either way it’s probably pretty sweet just as it is.
The two-owner car has but 94,000 miles on the clock and is said in the ad to be in excellent condition. The bodywork looks tidy and the car runs on the stock factory alloys. On the inside the seats appear not to suffer from undue wear or sun damage, and there’s a big-ass moonroof up top to test the sticking power of all of your Trump-brand toupees.
The asking price for this bone stock RX7 is $17,000, which is, well, up there. Again, there’s the fact that it hasn’t been messed with to take into account.
What’s your take on the accountability of this low-mileage FD and its seventeen grand price? Does that seem like a deal for originality?Or, is that just too much cheddar for even a super non-cheesy car?
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