Weekly Treasure: 1992 Mazda RX-7 Efini Type R

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There's a reason why this one is a standout.

Mazda builds only one sports car today: the MX-5 Miata and its folding hardtop RF variant. But it wasn't always this way. From 1978 until 2002, Mazda made the rotary-powered RX-7, a front-engine, rear-drive sports car that remains a fan favorite to this day. The third and final generation model is perhaps the most loved because it was part of the Japanese sports car glory era of the 1990s, serving alongside the A80-generation Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi 3000GT, and Nissan 300ZX.

Each car had its legions of followers but the 1992 RX-7 stood out in one key area: it had the first mass-produced sequential twin-turbocharger coming from Japan. It was a complex and expensive system to develop and Mazda made the bold decision to use it in a niche sports car. It was an even bigger deal because those sports cars also served as technological displays. They were ideal for showing off cool new tech.

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Duncan Imports & Classics
Duncan Imports & Classics

With its 252-horsepower, 1.9-liter twin-turbo 13B rotary engine under the hood, power was sent to the rear wheels through either a five-speed manual or four-speed slushbox. In its final production year, output increased to 276 hp. Depending on the market, there were different versions available. In Japan, for example, there was the Type S, Type R, Type RZ, Type RB, A-Spec, and Touring X. The US had just three trims: base, Touring, and R. With a few exceptions, all RX-7s had 2+2 seating (the rear seats were removed for certain performance trims).

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The third-gen was a success story even though it was the final RX-7. It won numerous awards for its handling, balance, and overall greatness. The RX-8 never achieved the same levels of praise. With some third-gen RX-7s now hitting 30 years old, it's becoming increasingly hard to find one with relatively low mileage and in near-stock condition.

This 1992 JDM red-on-gray example should fit the bill for some. It's listed for sale at Duncan Imports & Classics for $29,800. The exact mileage is unknown because the odometer isn't working but it's been legally imported to the US and comes with a clean Virginia title. Owning an early build third-gen RX-7 is one thing, but having one with right-hand drive further cements its Japan-built legendary status.

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