Kidney, Anyone? 1974 Mazda RX-4 "GTR"

Before we found this 1974 Mazda RX-4 on ebay, we thought the letters “GTR” were found trailing the emblems on Nissan Skylines, Isuzu Bellets, and the occasional Toyota Carina.

According to the seller, the GTR was a special edition for the RX-4 in a similar vein as, if less sporty than, the SP RX-3s. He also says there were only a little over 500 made and all were gold, but guess what? No documentation! The blacked out hood and GTR stripe definitely look like a product of that era, but we’re stumped. Any Mazdafarians care to chime in?

In any case, bids start at $600 or a BuyItNow of $1200, a good price for any RX-4 and not exactly a sum for which you need to part with a major organ. But if that extra kidney is burning a hole in your abdomen, there’s always this 1968 Mazda Cosmo Sports. More photos after the jump.

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14 Responses to Kidney, Anyone? 1974 Mazda RX-4 "GTR"

  1. mister k says:

    everybody want to get in on the gt-r mystique

  2. Ben says:

    Yes, but does your precious Skyline have a trunk mounted luggage rack? 😉

  3. BlownArrow! says:

    I love the color and paint scheme! 😀
    It’s got kinda of a Cosworth-Vega Look to it, I love it….!
    Oh Ben that’s a GTR Luggage Rack sooo JDM!

  4. Sounds like Dice – Dealer Installed Cosmetic Enhancement. 😆

  5. colink says:

    oh my i like that

  6. vballin says:

    don’t know much about Mazdas, but that blacked out hood and side stripe certainly look about as old as the paint. So I guess the question is, would someone back then be inclined to do this to their new car?

  7. Neil says:

    I’m with Mr Camouflage, Dealers do stuff like this all the time to sell cars. Up here in Canada a common sight is a Z22 Chevy Cavalier (as oposed to the factory optioned Z24) and its just a base Cavalier with the z24 cowl hood and a fancy sticker on the rear quarter that says “Z22”
    You will never find anything by the manufacturer that mentions this trim level as it was not offered by them.

  8. banpei says:

    I think I need to sell my last kidney for this Luce! 😀
    BTW: got a link to the “occasional” Toyota Carina badge? AFAIK only two types of Carina GTR exist: the 4AGE AA63 and the 3SGE ST150

  9. Tony RE10 says:

    My understanding is that this is a US dealer option… not much more than a sticker kit. Still, an interesting car!!

  10. Fintaan says:

    I thought I’ld mention that my 1st car was a’74 Mazda RX-4 GTR, and it was silver and black.

  11. Fintaan says:

    I’m sorry, I haven’t information about the GTR being a dealer or manufacturer option. But I always believed it to that way from the factory. They were rare in ’79 when I got mine and I had it up 155mph at one time. It was a going little machine! My brother had a RX-3 and when we raced, I would take him on the straight-a-ways. but his would corner better.

  12. Robert says:

    I owned a ’74 GTR that I purchased new in ’75. It was fire engine red and was a speeding ticket just sitting still.
    I kept it for 12 years and finally sold it because I was sick of being harassed by cops and punks wanting to race me.
    It was one of the best most reliable cars I ever owned. Maintenance was simple. I had an independent mechanic that had worked for Mazda corporate who kept it in great condition.
    I made major cosmetic mods to it, making it look even more menacing.
    It’s a pity you can’t post images here, otherwise I would.
    The “GTR” option came in I think four colors. Red, yellow, white and I believe silver.

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