2002 Mazda RX7

FD3S 'Spirit R' Type A Coupe (No. 561/1500)

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    2002
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Chassis number 
    6U90000FD35605591
  • Engine number 
    E155161
  • Lot number 
    22
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Titanium Grey
  • Interior brand colour 
    Red
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Silver
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

DESCRIPTION
Mazda is the only major automotive manufacturer to have persisted with Felix Wankel’s revolutionary rotary engine design and early models like the Cosmo, R100 and RX2/RX3 enjoy a cult following today. It took until the launch of a proper sports car, the RX-7, in 1978 for the rotary to find a chassis more suited to its high-revving characteristics; the first generation model received rave reviews and proved a commercial success, with over half a million sold. The second generation RX-7 of 1985-1991 took Mazda’s sports car further upmarket, competing with the likes of Porsche’s 944 thanks to clever technology and the first appearance of a turbo variant. When Mazda unveiled the third generation RX-7 in 1991, it was clear the model had come a long way from its humble roots, harnessing a complex sequential twin turbo system to overcome lag and deliver linear power all the way to the redline. With perfect 50:50 weight distribution achieved by locating the engine well behind the front axle, the new FD RX-7 also looked the part, with bold new styling that has only got better with age. In fact, the third generation RX-7 was a bone fide supercar, combining sublime handling, excellent braking and strong acceleration. The RX-7’s swansong was the hugely collectible Spirit R, a Japan-only model built in limited numbers using all the best bits – sold in three distinct versions, the Type A featured five-speed manual transmission and lightweight Recaro seats, the Type B added 2+2 seating configuration while the Type C came exclusively with automatic transmission. Mazda made just 1,504 Spirit Rs, of which the majority were sold in Type A guise, all in right-hand drive configuration. Nominally rated at 276 horsepower, notable features included the forged BBS 17-inch wheels, Bilstein shock absorbers, hard-type torsion LSD, cross-drilled brake rotors with red calipers and twin oil coolers, while exterior changes included special badging and the front diffuser. The Spirit R’s interior benefited from a Nardi leather steering wheel and stitched gearshifter and handbrake, silver instrument bezels and the special Kevlar Recaro seats. Seen by many as the ultimate production RX-7, values of th Spirit R have been climbing fast in recent years and Japanese sports cars of the 1990s are hotter than ever in the marketplace right now.

HISTORY
- Desirable Type A ‘Spirit R’ Mazda RX-7
- Very clean, well-maintained car
- Limited-Edition Japanese supercar

Build number 0561 of 1500, this immaculate Mazda RX-7 Spirit R is a 2002 Type A model finished in the signature Titanium Grey paint combined with red Recaro seats. Imported into Australia in 2006, the Japanese Registration Certificate supplied indicates the car had 12,900 kms on the clock when it left Japan and the odometer is now reading 69,400 kms in total. Regularly serviced in Australia, the Mazda has benefited from a new clutch and brake pads, while the engine, diff and gearbox oils all changed recently. The very straight body has been freshly repainted in the original colour and a new front splitter fitted, while the unrestored BBS rims are showing minor wear and Recaros still have the original covers. We are advised the engine is standard apart from an aftermarket ECU (the original is supplied) and the car certainly runs and drives very well. The current owner spent a lot of time searching for the best Spirit R available at the time and chose this example for its outstanding condition, but a change of plans mean the car is now reluctantly offered for sale. Currently registered in NSW until March 2019, the Mazda comes with the original import papers and an RX-7 handbook (in Japanese) and would make a fantastic addition to any rotary collection.

Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.