There was a first-gen Mazda RX-7 on Bring A Trailer recently. It had only 16,000 miles, a rare automatic transmission — and was located fewer than 15 miles from SCM World Headquarters in Portland, OR.
I’ve always been attracted to these cars. Their lines are period-interesting, and the rotary engine is intriguing.
It sold for $9,500.
As much as I wanted to bid, buy and drive it home, voices of reason in the SCM offices prevailed.
First of all, it was a two-seat sports coupe, and we have plenty of those.
Second — and even more compelling — was that RX-7 enthusiasts care much more about the third-gen car, especially the models without a sunroof — but do have a Zagato-like double-bubble roof.
SCM staffers asked me exactly what my plans were for the car, aside from a couple of cars and coffees and cruise-ins.
The car is too new for most tours, and the Mazda club isn’t known for a lot of driving activities.
So I didn’t pull the trigger. But I watched up until the very last second.
With limited garage space, I need better reasons to buy a car than “I don’t own one, it is cheap and it is close.”
I’ve asked Brian Baker, SCM IT manager and staff expert on Japanese cars, to keep his eye out for a third-gen RX7 with an automatic. I know the right one is out there.