As some of you may have noticed, there’s been a new addition to the lineup here at JDM Legends so I think it’s about time for a little introduction.
What we’re looking at here is a 1984 Mazda (Savanna) RX-7 Turbo. What makes this model significant is that not only was the first generation (SA/FB) turbo model only produced for a couple years from 1983-1985 in Japan which makes it already somewhat rare but it’s also noteworthy to mention that the 12A turbo was the first production turbocharged and electronically fuel injected rotary engine ever produced. Mazda had decided not to export the 12A turbo motor outside of Japan due to it being relatively new technology at the time and they were afraid of reliability issues tarnishing the rotary namesake that they had worked so hard to maintain.
We were lucky enough to find this little beauty with only 58,000 Km on the clock and only slightly modified… it actually cranked right up on the first shot off the trailer which is quite a feat for a rotary that has been sitting for quite some time and ran cold. You have to love the old HKS compound boost gauge and center mounted tachometer, located right where it should be.
Under the hood is pretty factory fresh, all we’ve done so far is a new HKS filter and OEM NGK plug wires. These motors make around 160 hp in stock form but we should be able to squeeze out a few more with the addition of an intercooler and free flowing exhaust for starters.
The interior is also clean and mostly stock with the only addition being the FEED floor mats and aforementioned boost gauge. This car came with the JDM exclusive red interior that never made it to the states as well as child-sized rear seats as the US models were only offered as 2 seaters.
It’s also nice to see that the original, factory Clarion sound system is completely unmolested and intact, something I always love to see on vintage cars.
The paint on the car is a little faded in spots but 100% original and the body is unbelievably straight. There’s a couple of minor spots of corrosion on the bottom of both doors but it should be an easy fix. This car also comes with the optional rear disc brakes and clutch-type LSD… basically this is the cream of the crop as far as 1st generations are concerned.
Rotary specialist Makers Racing in Japan was in charge of maintenance before we took over… we however promise not to keep watching you forever LOL.
Unfortunately this car has already been spoken for but the new owner has big plans for it that you’ll be seeing in the near future here at JDML. Until then, if this sounds like something you might be interested in owning for yourself, drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do to locate another one.