It seems strange to call any of Mazda’s RX cars a rarity, but the RX-7 FD – the daddy of them all – is fast becoming a prized specimen, with prices beginning to match what Mazda always believed it could, albeit some 30 years too late.
OK, so the RX-7 as a general model isn’t all that rare. Mazda had been building it in some shape or form since 1978 and produced over 800,000 in total, with the bulk sold domestically in Japan and Asia. However, take a gander at how many RX-7s are in the UK and you’ll find there were only around 500 on UK roads as of 2020, making the European spec RX-7 a far rarer sight than most Ferraris.
Despite being a fantastic piece of design, the RX-7 was hamstrung by poor pricing decisions, government taxes and limited imports. And now those three things are adding up to make the RX-7 a sought- after classic in its own right.