Hey folks, just thought I'd post in here to say hello - being a Skyline person I usually lurk in the Datsun/Nissan forum, but I've just bought the latest acquisition for my collection of 1980s sportscars and thought this would be a more appropriate place to share it!
now I'm no stranger to Mazdas, having owned a plethora of turbo Familias (aka 323s) when I was younger, and currently have a couple of turbo Ford Lasers - the sister car to the Familia - kicking around. But I've never owned a rotary powered Mazda until now...
so without further ado, here it is, my 1985 SA22C RX-7, affectionately nicknamed the "banana", currently waiting on the wharf in Japan to be loaded onto the slow boat to New Zealand
I haven't got any photos of the engine bay unfortunately, but I'm sure most of you will have heard of the venerable JDM-only 12A turbo engine. for those of you that havent, it was Japan's most powerful production engine for a short time in 1982 before Nissan released the first iteration of the mighty FJ20ET. It was also a milestone for Mazda, being their first fuel-injected and turbocharged rotary engine.
During my search for a SA22C I got the chance to test-drive a few 12AT-equipped Series 3s, and I was unduly impressed by how smooth and refined the rotary engine actually was. I do have friends who own N/A and ported rotaries but the turbo engine came across as a completely different kettle of fish!
my Japanese agent has predicted 6-10 weeks before the vehicle gets to NZ, so in the meantime I'll be getting things ready for its arrival. I don't actually plan to modify the car much if at all, but I spotted a set of 15" SSR MarkIII rims on Yahoo Auctions Japan the other night and am considering buying them in preparation
stay tuned for another update once the car gets here...