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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
7/1/21 2:10 p.m.
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The Anchor Auto Outlet of Raleigh, North Carolina, has you typical used car dealer fare: plenty of late-model trucks, a handful of German luxury cars, an assortment of mid-size sedans, and a 1976 Mazda RX-4.

And not just a stock RX-4, either, as this one sports a 200-horsepower, turbocharged, four-port 13B engine–among other mods–and looks to be set up …

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John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
7/1/21 2:19 p.m.

I'll predict that this leaves for Australia.  People like the RX-2,-3,-4 here but they are bonkers for them in OZ.  

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/1/21 2:20 p.m.

Or PR.

My parents had a couple of RX-4s, purchased new. They're much lower profile than the 3 so you rarely see any sign of them.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
7/1/21 2:38 p.m.

That is RAD! Too bad it's setup for drag racing. 

I would seriously consider picking that up instead of waiting for the GR86 or Fairlady Z.

CyberEric
CyberEric Dork
7/1/21 3:01 p.m.

!!!! Books a flight to NC.

j_tso
j_tso Reader
7/1/21 3:23 p.m.

I think it's a rotary swapped 929. Close enough anyway.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/1/21 3:24 p.m.
j_tso said:

I think it's a rotary swapped 929. Close enough anyway.

Isn't that basically what an RX-4 was? Factory swapped rotary 929?

j_tso
j_tso Reader
7/1/21 3:43 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

Pretty much. As far as I know there are just exterior differences like that grill and taillights.

lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter)
lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
7/1/21 4:40 p.m.

I miss my 1974 RX-4
 

gunner (Forum Supporter)
gunner (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
7/1/21 7:03 p.m.

To answer OP's question, I bought my 1988  BMW M5 at a Mazda dealership in St Louis in 2010. I found it advertised on Autotrader. The kicker here is I wasn't looking for one. I had been scouring the internet for a 4 door RWD manual tranny car for 10K or under and there was NOTHING out there for 3 months except for one white CTS 6 cylinder, that I did look at and hated. Then back in 2014 the local Ford Dealership had a 1977 BMW 633i in their lot for a couple months. So it does happen but it's rare. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/2/21 8:16 a.m.

Pretty sure JG found this listing. Not sure what he was looking for at the time. 

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/2/21 2:17 p.m.

That's just a hop, skip and jump from my house, but it's way outside of my fun money budget of *checks wallet* $22.00 at the moment.

sevenracer
sevenracer Reader
7/3/21 1:57 p.m.

I'm curious how well the intercooler works with no airflow - that's not snark, truly curious. I would have thought it would negate the benefit of the IC. This is relevant to current swap project devil.

 

A buddy of mine actually drove this car, said it had gobs of power and didn't overheat.

wake74
wake74 Reader
7/3/21 2:52 p.m.

Interesting, that's almost directly across the street from my son's school.  If someone goes to buy or check it out, stop in for donuts at the little basement donut shop across the street.  Generally, called "sketchy donuts" by the moms from school due to its proximity to a questionable motel. Note, sketchy by Cary, NC standards :-)  I just thought this place sold trucks and Jeeps.  At least from the road, that's all you see.

hybridmomentspass
hybridmomentspass Reader
7/3/21 4:51 p.m.

Such good condition

Very nice find, another time of when being broke sucks. Especially when it's not that far away

iiferch
iiferch New Reader
2/10/23 1:13 p.m.

In reply to j_tso :

it's a 1976 rx4  the front end looks that way because of the year 1976. 1973-1975 had the pointy/slant nose  and 1976-1979 had the flat nose also called the "merc" nose (Mercedes'). Same goes for the 929 except they had piston engines  

 

iiferch
iiferch New Reader
2/10/23 1:25 p.m.

I noticed my car on here a while back but never thought to respond. 
the car now has a FMIC and runs on a fueltech 550 with a custom mill-spec harness.  It's conservatively tuned to 230whp & 235lbs torque. Fixed up a couple outher things but I have alot more work to do before cranking up the power. 
you can see the car on IG: iiFerch 

iiferch
iiferch New Reader
2/10/23 1:33 p.m.


iiferch
iiferch New Reader
2/10/23 1:50 p.m.

In reply to CyberEric :

Booked a flight and shipped the car back home. 

RacerBoy75
RacerBoy75 New Reader
2/10/23 3:30 p.m.

Very cool! It's good to see people keeping rotaries around!

Daeldalus
Daeldalus Reader
2/11/23 8:36 a.m.

Nice. I have been looking for one of these in my price range for over a decade. 

In my opinion they are the best looking car ever.

GCrites80s
GCrites80s Dork
2/12/23 5:36 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

Or PR.

My parents had a couple of RX-4s, purchased new. They're much lower profile than the 3 so you rarely see any sign of them.

I didn't know there were 4s until now. Thought they went straight from 3 to 7.

WonkoTheSane
WonkoTheSane GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/12/23 7:09 p.m.

Cool selection at that place! Go to the link and sort oldest to newest.

 

Cool car you bought, iiferch! I hope it's treating you well!  I've always loved them and that one looks great!

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/12/23 8:06 p.m.
GCrites80s said:
Keith Tanner said:

Or PR.

My parents had a couple of RX-4s, purchased new. They're much lower profile than the 3 so you rarely see any sign of them.

I didn't know there were 4s until now. Thought they went straight from 3 to 7.

They sort of did, in that they stopped selling the RX-2 at the end of the twin dizzy era, and they stopped selling the RX-4, RX-5, and REPU (the luxury pickup, in the 1970s) in the US before they stopped selling the RX-3.

Of course, there were multiple generations of RX-4 and RX-5... technically those were both second generation, as the RX-4 was known in the home market as the Luce, and the first generation Luce was front wheel drive with a 13A engine, the only rotary Mazda built with different trochoid dimensions from the 10A/12A/12B/13B.  There was at least one more generation of Luce in the 1980s.

The RX-5 is better known as the Cosmo, there were four generations of that smiley  it was the only car to have one of everything that Mazda made.

A second generation RX-3 would have been pretty cool, although given that the RX-7 was mostly RX-3 parts, with coil springs instead of leaf springs in the back, and separate front stabilizer bar and tension rods up front (so it was like a Falcon with struts, instead of like a Mk1/2 Escort), the RX-7 could kind of be considered a continuation of the RX-3, just a lot larger.

I never appreciated how big a 1st generation RX-7 was for a 70s Japanese car until I got an RX-3.

j_tso
j_tso Dork
2/12/23 8:56 p.m.
Pete. (l33t FS) said:

the RX-7 could kind of be considered a continuation of the RX-3, just a lot larger.

Probably why Mazda called both Savanna in Japan.

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