The beginning of a fan favorite.
The first-gen Mazda RX-7 looking back from now, isn’t what come to people’s mind when it comes to the term of performance. However, consider it’s size, it still punches above it’s class. Mazda’s concept of you can still have an affordable yet fun to drive car. Due to extremely complicated road regulations in Japan where cars get taxed base on both vehicle dimension and engine size, Mazda created a compact sports car with a tiny rev-happy rotary engine that prevent road taxes from denting customers’ wallets at the same deliver higher performance compare to inline engines . The rotary engine’s compact design allow it to be fitted nice and snug behind the front axle which technically make the RX-7 a mid-engined car improving weight distribution and driving pleasure.
When it comes to motorsport, the FB had a couple of successes. The nimble Mazda was able to win the 24hrs of Daytona in 1979 and the 24hrs of Spa in 1981. Later on it even competed in the Group B rally with little success. The car’s naturally aspirated engine and RWD layout was simply outpaced by the fire-breathing Group B giants that were either turbocharged or turbocharged/supercharged together (Lancias) with AWD (Audi).
This Land of the Rising Sun-day was brought to you by France funny enough with Majorette’s version of the first gen RX-7. I always like the way the first-gen RX-7 looked, the fastback shape, wedge like front. A very simple and recognizable design and lets not forget the pop-up headlights. The car has the traditional features you get from Majorette like suspension and opening doors. The car is in immaculate condition like it just came out of the package. This car was part of three cars along with the Majorette Audi Quattro and Citroen BX 4TC courtesy of Fintail.
Thanks for joining me, there will be one last following post from the goodies I got from Fintail.