2018 marks 40 years since the debut of the original Mazda RX-7. According to Mazda UK, Mazda has sold 2 million rotary-engined cars, with 850,000 of them being RX-7s. To honor the occasion, they’ve produced a video bringing together three generations of the beloved sports car (in the shape of a rotor).
This being the UK, the cars available are somewhat different than what we got in the US. The first-gen SA22 model shown looks to bee the equivalent of our top-spec GSL-SE model (maybe UK readers can clarify), but the styling is a bit different, especially with the rear spoiler and fascia.
In the UK, a turbocharged version of the second-gen FC convertible was available. Sadly, we only received naturally aspirated droptops (which probably explains why the best-preserved FCs on Craigslist are usually convertibles).
Lastly, thanks to Britain’s lax import laws, the FD shown appears to be a gray market Type R Bathurst, released to honor three consecutive wins by the RX-7 at Austalia’s 12 Hours of Bathurst. It came with factory height-adjustable dampers and about 20 pounds worth of weight savings to enhance performance.
Lastly, there’s another big difference between the UK and the US: It appears that you can actually find unmolested RX-7s over there. Happy 40 years, RX-7!