Here’s another garage gem for east coasters JNCers. A seller near Philadelphia is unloading a 25,000-mile 1974 Mazda RX-4, and it’s a beaut. We’ve long contended that the pre-facelift big Luce coupe was one of the sexiest cars from its era. Add what appears to be a gorgeous period Iris Blue paint job with white interior and you’ve got a real stunner. Although we could do without the white vinyl top, door ding guards and US-spec bumper extenders, this car is rare enough that beggars can’t be choosers.
The car was parked in 1990 when its rotary blew an apex seal, but the current owner has since rebuilt the motor and carbs. The seller claims everything else is original, right down to the “Japanese air in the tires.” We’d wouldn’t bet our lives on that last one, but regardless, unlike most RX-4s we’ve seen for sale this one appears to be a manual to boot. The asking price is $14,000, but that’s a small price to pay for a time machine, is it not? View the ad on craigslist.