A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a low-mileage 1994 Mazda RX-7 available for auction on Bring A Trailer. Well, on Friday, that auction came to an end and, after 32 bids, the prized Japanese sports car sold for an impressive $70,000.
Based on how quickly bids were rising when we initially wrote about the car, we thought it could have sold for six figures. In the end, however, bidding capped out at $70,000, which is still a hell of a lot of money for a 25-year-old Mazda.
The car is powered by a 1.3-liter sequentially-turbocharged rotary engine pumping out 255 hp at 6500 rpm and 217 lb-ft (294 Nm) of torque at 5000 rpm. All of this grunt is sent through a five-speed manual transmission and a limited slip differential to the rear wheels. Mazda’s indirect successor to the RX-7, the RX-8, may have more modern features (Ed’s note: and less oomph, but much more predictable handling) than its predecessor, but it is the RX-7 that has proven to be much more desirable over the years.
One of the stand-out features of this ’94 RX-7 is the Montego Blue Metallic paint scheme. Additionally, the car sold was in Touring configuration, meaning it comes with fog lights, a sunroof, and a rear wiper, and it also features a factory rear spoiler. Making the car all the more desirable was the fact that it had just 4,600 miles (7,402 km) on the clock.
Complementing the pristine exterior is a cabin whose styling has also defied time and, in this example, has been well-maintained. The tan leather-trimmed seats are in excellent condition and the car sold with the factory Bose Acoustic Wave sound system.
Is this RX-7 auction a sign of things to come? It certainly seems like it.