The AE86 you REALLY get for $22K – up close
The Mazda RX-7 is another model for which prices are spiraling out of control thanks to an insatiable worldwide thirst for collector cars.
The RX-7 as a model didn’t age well, showing wear and tear quite quickly if not well maintained. Many were also modified by their original owners and of course being a performance car are more likely to have past repair history.
All this makes finding clean and original examples with low kms quite a challenge now that the oldest FD3S has reached 25 years.
The Spirit R models (approx. 1,500 made) are clearly the most collectible and during 2016 the prices on those reached the $60,000 to $80,000 complied range in Australia (about double the price from 2015).
But even the first of the RX-7’s are getting a lot of attention, particularly if they have low kms. Take these two examples from the last 6 weeks which would have cost $27,000 to $28,000 landed in Australia if they were eligible for import under the proposed 25 Year Old Vehicle Import Rule for 2018.
If you just want a regular RX-7 in reasonable condition with under 100,000 kms in the Sept 1999 to Dec 2002 SEVS eligible range then you should budget from about $30,000 complied at the time of this post, a little less if you don’t mind higher kms.
You may find some reasonable examples still in Australia however from what we have seen over the years, more than 70% of imports for sale in Australia are not advertised correctly.
So do be sure to do some background checking of their history for accidents and false kms using an independent service such as Japan Car History Check (auction data and Japanese registration records are available as far back as 2007) to make sure you are getting what you pay for.