1989 Mazda RX-7 GTUs
At Car Of The Day, we read hundreds of for-sale advertisements every day to find the coolest and craziest cars for you to ogle. One phrase we see frequently with older cars is “engine never opened up” – meaning the cylinder heads have never been off, it’s never been rebuilt, etc. It’s a nice marker of originality.
It’s not important with vintage rotary engines, however. Unfortunately, the Wankel needs rebuilding periodically, as those apex seals tend to become brittle either with frequent use, or infrequent use. This RX7 is no different, having been rebuilt by a specialist within the last year.
This GTUs model is a lightweight, stripped car meant for racing, and built to commemorate Mazda’s success in IMSA racing. Reports vary, but it’s said only around 1100 of these were ever built, making the GTUs sought after by collectors.
This one has been tuned with some bolt-on bits, and has a Racing Beat exhaust that eliminates the catalytic converters, so beware if your municipality tests for emissions on older cars. Still, this is a stunning example of a lovely car. We especially love the Enkei RPF-1 alloys, perfectly chosen with staggered widths.
It’s on eBay in Las Vegas for $8500 or offer.