1982 Mazda RX-7 Custom Wide Body Convertible by Pacific AvatarSource: witchcityab
Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
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Posted: 26 Dec 2009
Specs & DetailsExterior Color: black / gold
Interior Color: burgundy
# Produced: 126
Miles Driven: 7,850
From 1979 to 1985, an obvious question was answered by Al Dooley when, as Pacific Avatar, he converted the first generation of RX-7 into convertibles. He had been working as a sales manager at a Mazda dealership, and one look at the new RX-7 in 1978 told him that a convertible would be a natural for the RX-7's clean shape and simple lines. Alter jigging and strengthening the body with framing under the floor pan, inside, and in the windshield posts, custom convertible tops were installed, Interestingly, the trunk lid of the 626 was found to be an almost ideal fit and had to be modified only slightly to be used on the conversions. Although a few convertibles were sold with standard mechanical equipment, most also had turbocharged engines, modified suspensions and brakes, and custom wheels and wider tires.
A series of wide-body convertibles, with front tenders and rear quarter panels flared, were constructed following the appearance of a special for a magazine, including one Twin Turbocharged RX-7 that was reportedly, and undoubtedly, a Porsche Carrera eater. The conversion also got extra publicity when one appeared in the low budget film, "Smokey Bites the Dust."
Several prototype convertibles on the 2nd generation RX-7 were built, though the project terminated when Dooley learned of Mazda's plan to produce a convertible of its own. First-generation cars were converted as late as 1988 with the last going to a doctor in Baltimore, Maryland. Although many were sold in California, Florida was the biggest market for Pacific Avatar's convertible RX-7s. In all, Dooley reports that 126 conversions were performed.
1982 MAZDA RX-7 PACIFIC ADVATAR WIDEBODY CONVERTIBLE . LIMITED PRODUCTION CAR . IT HAS 7850 ORIGANAL MILES ON IT . TITLE IN HAND , THIS CAR IS FULLY LOADED MINES A FEW OPTIONS BECAUSE OF ITS NOW A CONVERTIBLE . IT HAS REAR DISC BRAKES , 16" WEDS 3 PIECE WHEELS , IT HAS A SIGNED NARDI GOLD PLATED STEERING WHEEL , ITS A NON TURBO , ITS A 12A ENGINE THAT IS ALL STOCK , HAS A ALPINE CASSETTE RADIO WITH ALPINE SPEAKER AND 2 ALPINE AMPS AND A 8' BAZZOKA TUB , NO ROT JUST MINOR SURFACE RUST AS SEEN IN THE PICTURE , ITS BEEN GARAGED AND OFF THE ROAD SINCE 1991 . THE CAR NEEDS A FEW THINGS TO BE MINT BUT IS A AWSOME CAR TO HAVE AS A SUMMER RIDE . NEEDS A NEW TOP DO TO FADE AND DRY ROTTED WINDOWS AND HAS SOME SCATCHES ON THE PASSENGER SIDE FENDER AND QUARTER . IF FIXED THE VALUE WILL GO UP.
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From Wikipedia The Mazda RX-7 is a sports car by the Japanese automaker Mazda. It was produced from 1978 to 2002. The original RX-7 featured a 1146 cc twin-rotor Wankel rotary engine and a sporty front-midship, rear-wheel drive layout. The RX-7 was a direct replacement for the RX-3 (both were sold in Japan as the Savanna) and subsequently replaced all other Mazda rotary cars with the exception of the Cosmo. The original RX-7 was a sports car.