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The FD Mazda RX-7 Is Still Unusually Cheap

Here’s a little information just in case you were looking for a fun car to buy: The FD Mazda RX-7 is surprisingly inexpensive. I don’t mean that you can buy it for nothing, as that’s not the case — the RX-7 is indeed expensive for a 20-plus-year-old used car. But it’s surprisingly cheap given exactly what it is, which is an icon of the Japanese sports car era from the 1990s.

I say this because several of the RX-7’s peers have risen in value pretty considerably over the years. The "MkIV" Toyota Supra, which was originally sold during the mid-1990s, has shot up, and the Acura NSX has gone up slowly but surely over the last few years. But the RX-7 remains relatively stable and relatively cheap.

Admittedly, the fact that the Supra and NSX have gone up doesn’t necessarily mean that all the 1990s Japanese sports cars will. The Nissan 300ZX, the Subaru SVX, and the Mitsubishi 3000GT all seem to be stuck in the doldrums of low value, and they probably will forever due to their high production numbers. But the difference is that the RX-7 didn’t have those high production numbers. In the States, it was sold for just three model years — 1993 to 1995 — and it’s harder to find a nice RX-7 than a nice Supra.

So just how cheap is cheap? Right now on Autotrader, there are just 20 FD RX-7 models currently listed for sale, and many have been modified — not necessarily to everyone’s tastes. For a nice, clean, low-mileage stock example, you’re looking at $35,000 on the very high end — though some cheap cars can sell for $20,000 or thereabouts. To me, that’s impressive for a rare mid-1990s Japanese sports car.

Admittedly, the primary reason these are cheaper than their rivals is probably the powertrain. The RX-7’s rotary engine isn’t as robust or as easy to work on as the 6-cylinder engines in the Supra and the NSX. Still, it’s a very desirable car, and I think it’s a bit of a bargain at its current price point. Find a Mazda RX-7 for sale

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