Car Build > Pro7 Mazda RX-7 – Pick Up and Delivery
Several weeks after viewing the RX-7 in person, the seller and I agreed on a very reasonable price. Once payment had been made, I arranged to have the vehicle brought back on a trailer with the help of Graeme Hill.
We headed back up to Auckland on another lovely sunny day and picked the car up.
Back in Hamilton, with the car safely tucked away in my warehouse. Now I had the chance to have another really good look over the car.
The car has only travelled 88,000km, and looks to have been maintained very well.
Both the interior and exterior are extremely tidy.
Other than a few little things here and there (such as the wheels and suspension), the car is basically standard as it left from the factory, right down to the unused space saver tyre.
Even the factory toolkit remains in place and looks to be unused. I feel a little guilty about using it as a race car, but it’s nice to start with a tidy, solid foundation for a project.
The car arrived from Japan with this set of 17×9 Sparco wheels on it.
For race duties they’ll be replaced with this set of factory 16×8″ wheels from a later model Series 8 RX-7 that John kindly included in the sale.
These factory side skirts won’t be required. I prefer the smooth clean lines of the RX-7 without any form of a bodykit where possible anyway.
Yes, the car is currently an automatic! Strangely I have owned a few automatic RX-7s (this is my third), but I’ve found that the automatic cars are generally in a far better condition to the manuals. Swapping over to a manual isn’t much of an issue anyway.
And luckily this manual gearbox was included in the sale too.
Now the strip down and build up can begin.
If anyone is thinking about buying a non-compliant RX-7 to build a race car (or thinking about having a vehicle imported from Japan for that matter), I would highly recommend John Tucker. He’s a rotary enthusiast and a hell of a nice guy, and will do his best to help you out. Just contact me, and I’ll put you in touch with him.
- Brent Shaw