As JNCs become bona fide as collector vehicles we’re beginning to see more well-preserved examples come out of hiding and onto the market. 15 years ago, a well-preserved JNC was usually owned by some little old lady who drove it to the grocery store and back once a week. Today, the well-preserved cars hitting the market were owned by people who have been storing and caring for them for years, waiting for the right time to sell them to their next caretaker. This RX-7 Turbo II for sale in the San Francisco suburb of San Carlos falls into the latter category.
The seller of this 1989 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II states that he has cared for the car for the last 26 years, washing it weekly and waxing it every 6 months. Driving the car a mere average of 1,700 miles per year means that he has been able to keep the mileage to a low 48,651 miles. Somehow it missed the 90s Tuner Era, the Fast and Furious craze, and has avoided becoming a drift car.
All things being disclosed, at some point in the last 26 years the car did receive an HKS exhaust and Cibie headlights, but originality doesn’t seem to have the same effect on JNCs as it did on classic sports cars or pre-war cars. Usually, if the modifications are era correct and don’t detract from the original vision of the car, you’re usually pretty safe for holding your value.
The only controversial modification to us here at the JNC office is the chrome face on white wheels. Personally I feel that they fit the car but I can understand how someone might not like it, luckily wheels can be repainted, and they’re not trashed with 50 coats of runny matte black paint.
Up front, all of the glass and plastic looks good, there is a little bit of condensation on one of the light housings but overall it looks really good. There are also some rock chips on the bottom of the front bumper.
Under the hood, you would be fooled to think this just came off of the show floor and isn’t the better part of 30 years old. No chrome bits or pastel-colored radiator hoses, either. It’s nice to see the black plastics in such good condition. There isn’t even oxidization on the fasteners to the air intake.
The rotary engine is pretty high in the running for my personal favorite engine ever made, partially due to its rev-happy nature and also because it’s one of the only engines that actually rewards you for taking it up to redline from time to time — you have to get those carbon deposits off the apex seals somehow.
Moving inside you see that car is not only white, but also has a blue leather interior. Arguably, this is the rarest color combination for a Turbo II. The seats appear to be in as near to perfect condition as possible. The owner has plastic coverings he uses while storing it, as seen behind the seats on the parcel shelf.
The shift boot and all plastics look perfect, and it has the factory head unit as well. I am a sucker for original tape decks in the FC; the orange glow looks so cool at night. One thing worth mentioning: the input at the top of the tape deck. Yes, that is a CD player. I personally don’t recall having ever seen the fabled factory CD player for an FC in person.
If you want one of the best preserved FC RX-7s on the market today, this would be pretty high in the running. One can only imagine the attention this would receive at JCCS Neo-Classics or SevenStock. The owner is asking $17,500 and states he is mildly flexible on price. That’s FD money, but you have to ask yourself would you rather have a C+ condition FD or an A+ condition FC? Personally, I’m in the latter camp. If this car has your jimmies all rustled and you want to add it to your garage, check out the Craigslist ad.