Monday, January 16, 2012

1976 Mazda RX4

In retrospect, these were cool little cars. Unfortunately, in their day, in North America, they were not big sellers. In the 1970s car buyers here still held the opinion that small Japanese cars should be cheap, simple, economy cars. The RX4 was not. This car cost over $4K, got so-so gas mileage and had a rotary engine.

But it performed very well. The RX4 could hit 60 MPH in around 10 seconds and it had a top speed of over 100 MPH.

This car is a restoration project, but a fairly easy one.

Originally silver, it was painted white in the 1980s. It needs a little bit of bodywork, a headliner and "some cleaning up". It has nice looking aftermarket wheels and Recaro seats.

Mechanically, the seller says it needs a carb and a tuneup.

These cars are not easy to find and their prices have been creeping up over the last few years. If you're looking for an RX4 and don't mind a small project, this car may be worth looking at.

Located in Henderson, NV, click here to see the eBay listing.

3 comments:

Jon said...

If you look up "Mazda RX-3 Commercial" on YouTube, you can find the old Mazda commercial with the song "Piston engine goes boing, boing, boing, boing.
Mazda engine goes Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm."

One of the most effective car commercials I've ever come across. I still remember the chorus like it was yesterday.

Just A Car Geek said...

I remember that commercial. too.

Bill said...

Yea, same here! I thought the rotary was great until I had one. Can you say waste heat? Lotus 7 with 13b was undrivable over 45degrees F! Exhaust glowed red under power on the outside of the passenger side of the car....