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  • 1991 Efini RX7 FD3S

    Every since I was about 12 years old, I always wanted an RX7. The year was 2003 and “Need for Speed: Underground 1” was just introducing me to Japanese cars at the time. When I came across the FD, I thought it was one of the coolest looking cars I ever saw, always higher on my wish list than any Supra or Skyline. The fascination with them continued for years… in college I even did a presentation on the Wankel Rotary engine as an engineering feat.

    Fast forward to 2015/2016, I started looking to buy an FD RX7. But the prices of them at the time had started to rise (If only I knew what they would be costing these days), and they were getting a little out of budget with the e30s taking most of my money. Eventually I moved down the cheaper option of a 1jz Toyota and have been there ever since.

    Owning an RX7 has been in the back of my mind always, and finally this year I decided I couldn’t wait around any longer. With the way prices were going, it was now or never! I got word of a few different cars around the country, but one stood out to me most. It also had the most realistic price out of the lot. I had been enquiring about it for months while the owner was deciding to sell or not. Eventually in October I got word it was finally for sale and… well… I drove to Dublin and you can guess what happened!


    Took these photos just after I made a deal on the car




    It was was pretty much everything I was looking for!

    1. A standard and original car - Only modifications are an aftermarket cat-back exhaust, some springs, a blow-off valve, and some really old Apexi intake.

    2. Early model - I like the early pre-facelift look... although I'd love some late model taillights (Vintage status is nice too). A 91 car is very rare too as the first cars rolled off the line in December 1991. This car is number 399 of the first 500 prototype FD3S's

    3. Efini - Just a cooler badge and name than Mazda

    4. Red - It always had to be red! If I had got a different colour, I'd probably paint it red

    5. A sit in and drive car - Car is Taxed and tested




    Now all that being said the car is not perfect... It has one large flaw that I will be rectifying as soon as I can.... Its Automatic! Yes I know, who in their right mind went to go buy an RX7 back in 1991 and spec'd an auto box... But fear not, the car will 100% be manual swapped in the future! On the upside, it made the car much cheaper than any other I was looking at! This was also helped by the paintwork also needing attention. Now the car looks great photographed, but the paint is tired and the lacquer is peeling a bit on the spoiler and rear bumper. There was also an attempt at some point to respray the sides of the car, and the paint has reacted in places. To be honest, the paint condition didn't bother me that much as the car was straight and solid... Even if the paint was only a little tired, I still would have planned on a full respray as I want this car to be perfect in time. So I will be getting the car painted in the next year or so, albeit in no rush since it's driving away just fine as is




    So viewed on a Sunday, transferred money on the Monday, and I jumped on a train from Cork to Dublin after work on the Tuesday! I couldn't wait around after the money was gone from my account! Friend of mine picked me up at Heuston and dropped me at the house to collect the car. The owners were really interesting people! 60year old Mike and his wife Ilona who have owned the car since it came into Ireland back in 2007!




    They used to bring it to shows and the Drive for Charity events nearly every year. They have spent a lot of time with the car over the years and I could tell it was a tough sale for them, but they wanted to see the car go to someone that will look after it. They had done a lot of work to the car over the years, such as new genuine Mazdaspeed shocks all around. They couldn't source genuine springs, so they decided to fit Tein springs instead which look to have just slightly lowered the car. They also fitted the later model OEM wheels which I really like.

    I got into the car and drove it back to Cork that night. Car drove beautifully!




    Made for a good table at Mcdonalds




    Made the trip without any issues




    The car came with some cool spares and extras. Along with the original two keys, it came with these cool custom Rotor style keys they got from the old Irish Rotary Forum days






    Loads of paperwork and history, printed service manuals, show plates








    Some lovely scale model RX7s








    Oh and a crook lock! Havent seen one of these in a long time




    The car jumped straight into daily driver duties for the rest of the week






    Brought the car back to the homeplace in Clare that Friday then. Boot space in the FD leaves a lot to be desired






    Bags go in the back seats which are only fit for small children with no legs




    The rest of the interior is just great then!




    Back home to Clare then. And between Tuesday and Friday, I had covered nearly 750km of trouble free driving.






    Met some of the other inmates




    Took some time to have a quick look under the car






    Look around the engine bay, which needs a bit of tidying







    And that's enough for one update. I have had the car nearly 2 months now and have been driving it any chance I get. I'm really loving it!

  • #2
    Fantastic car. I have always loved the RX-7 too. Best of luck with it and I look forward to the updates.

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    • #3
      Looking forward to more updates. Well wear with it!
      Poor punctuation and spelling via iPhone keyboard & odd words here and there via autocorrect

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      • #4
        Ahh that's awesome. Always great to buy a car from genuine enthusiasts, it really adds to the whole package.

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        • #5
          Cool. That's two really nice red rexxers on the forum now! You'll have some craic around the roads in Clare in that I'd say. Buzzin' all the Land Cruisers and Octavias

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          • #6
            Congrats, all the more unusual that it looks to have the air pump for emmisions.

            Well ware. I must really get mine going next year!

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            • #7
              Wonderful car, I've had one since 2012 and have loved every day of it! enjoy! Jesus, 2012, time flies.
              Last edited by ozy; 09-12-2021, 11:03 AM.
              Sent from my diamond encrusted yacht off the coast of Skull island

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              • #8
                Congrats on the purchase man! Looks like you got a stunning example.

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                • #9
                  Love it Smythy, great to see one being well used.

                  Is there any interesting quirks with it being one of the 500 prototypes?

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                  • #10
                    Beautiful. car that looks very familiar, by any chance did it come from Carpenterstown/Castleknock area?

                    Looking forward to following the thread
                    http://badges.fuelly.com/images/smallsig-uk/620346.png

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Johnny 89 View Post
                      Fantastic car. I have always loved the RX-7 too. Best of luck with it and I look forward to the updates.
                      Originally posted by Smokey Bear View Post
                      Looking forward to more updates. Well wear with it!
                      Originally posted by davemx-5 View Post
                      Congrats on the purchase man! Looks like you got a stunning example.
                      Thanks lads! I have updates from the last couple weeks so will get another post up in the next week or so


                      Originally posted by miller View Post
                      Ahh that's awesome. Always great to buy a car from genuine enthusiasts, it really adds to the whole package.
                      It honestly sold me the car! They had a great story


                      Originally posted by bloke View Post
                      Cool. That's two really nice red rexxers on the forum now! You'll have some craic around the roads in Clare in that I'd say. Buzzin' all the Land Cruisers and Octavias
                      I tried Buying Alan's FD at the start ha. Yeah it's enjoying the backroads whenever I get home with it! I'll get it on Xmas day when the Land Cruisers and Octavias are parked up during Xmas dinner


                      Originally posted by Chawkie View Post
                      Congrats, all the more unusual that it looks to have the air pump for emmisions.

                      Well ware. I must really get mine going next year!
                      I didn't even know the air pump wasn't on them all! Since the car is exempt from emissions, I can probably just delete it to tidy up the bay



                      Originally posted by ozy View Post
                      Wonderful car, I've had one since 2012 and have loved every day of it! enjoy! Jesus, 2012, time flies.
                      We'll have to organise an RX7 meet for all backroad owners!



                      Originally posted by ShootingBrake View Post
                      Love it Smythy, great to see one being well used.

                      Is there any interesting quirks with it being one of the 500 prototypes?
                      Thanks man! Not that I know of... I actually can't find much about them online


                      Originally posted by Ian View Post
                      Beautiful. car that looks very familiar, by any chance did it come from Carpenterstown/Castleknock area?

                      Looking forward to following the thread
                      Yes that's the car. Came from Castleknock

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Smythy411 View Post

                        I didn't even know the air pump wasn't on them all! Since the car is exempt from emissions, I can probably just delete it to tidy up the bay
                        Sorry, what I meant by that is they're generally pulled out by now!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Chawkie View Post

                          Sorry, what I meant by that is they're generally pulled out by now!
                          Ah right I get ya now haha. Tempted get a standard airbox to complete the OEM look in the bay Though the Apexi intake give some amazing induction noise!

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                          • #14
                            Nice one, I haven’t driven either, but does the auto boss suit the engine at all??
                            I’m standing in a field full of sheep, is it wrong that I feel aroused?? 🤨🤪

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                            • #15
                              Looks amazing, nice tidy stock early model!!

                              We'll definitely have to get a backroads rotary meet organised, quite a few on the forum now.

                              Just ordered a set of Ohlins for mine today with custom springs

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