Mazda RX7 – The First Generation Perfection
To date, it has been one of Japan’s most decorated vehicles, reaching “Car of the Year” status on multiple occasions for both Motor Trend and Car and Driver, making the latter’s “Ten Best” list a whopping five times. Though we won’t argue the dashing good looks and impeccable performance of the third generation RX-7’s 13B-REW twin-turbo twin-rotor, there’s just something about the SA-FB Series 3.
1985 may have marked the end of the first generation RX-7, but it marked only the beginning of the world’s infatuation with it. Mechanically simplistic, reasonably priced, and criminally underrated, the last year of the Series 3 was the perfect end to the first generation of Mazda’s breakout sports car.
So next time you find yourself on the classifieds, don’t shy away from the older generations hiding on page five. After all, the Series 3 was the precursor to the FD, and those good looks didn’t just come from anywhere. It was the harbinger of performance, herald of RX-7 perfection, pioneer of the namesake, the original ruler of an automotive empire—and it could be the next addition to your garage.
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