Quick, Before the Classic Car Bubble Claims Another One
This Pristine Mazda RX-7 Can Be Yours For Under $30,000
The unstoppable swelling blob that is the classic car bubble already has the ’90s in its sights, and Japanese performance cars of the era are primed for a price hike. Just like muscle cars from the ’60s and ’70s, old Porsches and Italian sports cars, this 1994 Mazda RX-7 is of a breed on the brink of becoming classics and collectibles.
Aside from the ’90s-kid nostalgia, one factor that’ll surely help inflate the price of cars from this decade is they were comically affordable on the second-hand market come the early-00s. Which, combined with being relatively easy to wrench on made them easy starting points tuner culture during those years. As a result, not many Japanese performance cars or small, easily modified hatchbacks made it out of the early The Fast and the Furious years untouched. So an unmodified RX-7 such as this one will be going for a whole lot more in only a couple of years.
This particular RX-7 isn’t entirely stock, but the only addition is a lower-temperature fan switch and an HKS downpipe to replace the warm-up converter. Other than that, this is a near factory-fresh RX-7 Touring replete with the Bose Acoustic Wave sound system, sunroof and fog lamps. Under the hood is the legendary sequentially-turbocharged 1.3L rotary engine good for 255 horsepower and 217 lb-ft of torque when it left the factory in 1994.
At 29,000 miles and going for $28,000, this RX-7 is still under what a brand-new 2018 MX-5 RF is going for ($32,000) and its original base price of $34,000 in 1994. In today’s money, that’s closer to $59,000, so if you’re on the fence about this generation of classic cars, now’s the time to pull the trigger.