1980 MAZDA RX7 SA22C LS Edition California Import Left Hand Drive

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For sale is our 1980 RX7 SA22. She is a genuine California car, imported by us in 2018.


We purchased the car from an English car dealer near San Francisco. Shipped it to a friend’s house in Kentucky, and then performed a 1250 mile road trip across the south east of the USA. She was sent home to Southampton from Charleston, South Carolina.


The road trip and car featured in Practical Classics Magazine.


The car body is in excellent condition, she is totally rust free as you’d expect having come from California. She is a Leather Sport or ‘LS’ Edition. These were supplied in one of three colours: Brilliant Black, Aurora White & Solar Gold.


Ours features a brown leather interior, and Brilliant Black Paint code. As far as I am aware there were 2500 of these built, 1000 in black. She has the correct LS spec gold anodised wheels. No idea how many LS editions survive today.


She has the 12a Rotary Engine fitted, and runs like a swiss watch, very smooth. I rebuilt the carburettor in the USA before the trip, and gave her a full fluid service, new HT leads, fuel pump, filters, spark plugs etc.


I have not carried out a rotary compression test, but she does not smoke, nor consume any water or oil. She carried us across the USA with the A/C on full blast, at 80 MPH in the hot southern US climate, 90 Degrees F on some days, so I’d say that was a fair test of engine health being good!


The A/C works, and is still filled with R12 refrigerant.


She appears to be completely original, no modifications. I even believe the exhaust is the factory unit. The full California smog pack is there including air pump and gigantic catalytic convertor. Removal of this is likely to liberate quite a few HP!


She was fully Cavity waxed on arrival in the UK, with rust buster products, and has been stored in a dry garage ever since, covering very few miles since import.


55k Miles on the clocks.


Bad Points-


-American Lack of familiarity with a manual gearbox has taken it’s toll on the synchromesh of 3rd gear. Basically it crunches if shifting into third too fast, no whining etc, just crunching. Shifting gently is fine. I have a good replacement gearbox to go in, which will come with the car. I have not had time to fit this, but it can be organised if the full asking price is met.


-The interior has some sun fading, and the dash top is covered in a carpet topper at the moment due to sun cracking. Can be repaired by one of these specialist types. The same chap will likely be able to help with some cracking on the driver’s seat bolster.


-A couple of times in the US, we had an issue where ‘crap’ in the fuel tank would block the fuel outlet, and starve the pump. The last few times we have used the car, we have not had an issue with this, but I suggest that cleaning out the fuel tank is probably a good move!


-Age related marks, mainly on the bonnet of the vehicle. I’d describe the paint work as a good user. You certainly wouldn’t be embarrassed turning up at a show in her, but she is also not concours condition.  


The car is priced at 8k. These are becoming increasingly rare, especially with absolutely zero rust, as these do love to rust! This is a lovely example, with a bit of magazine feature history to boot, and a good ‘driving’ project to get stuck into, which is bags of fun when you’re behind the wheel!


Fully UK Registered. UK V5 in our possession. No Taxes to pay etc. UK Tax and MOT Exempt due to age-Pre Jan 1981.


Not interested in a swap, cash sale only please.


Car located near Portsmouth UK.

Call 07515667775 for more info.

Specification: 1980 MAZDA RX7 SA22C LS Edition California Import Left Hand Drive

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