1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL Targa 5-speed manual swap - Collector Car Canada
1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL Targa 5-speed manual swap


1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL Targa 5-speed manual swap

This is a 1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL Targa available in Montreal.  This 1985 was the last year of the original RX-7, the FB body style – preferred by many for its simplicity.  The FC, which landed for model year 1986, added features and, thus, weight.  While the clean FB is a good find, the most striking feature about this car is its manual transmission, a 5-speed swapped in earlier this year.  It is being represented for the owner by the noted seller.

CCC Vital Info – 1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL Targa 5-speed manual swap

Lot – 023
Seller – alexbert (Private)
Seller location – Montréal, QC H2B
VIN – JM1FW3310F0882371
Odometer – 95,000 km
Engine Info – 1.1L Wankel rotary
Transmission Info – 5-speed manual
Exterior Colour – Silver (Mazda code K3)
Interior Colour – Burgundy, cloth seats
Other features – Extensive mechanical work including manual swap, new wheels, new tires, aero kit, Targa roof with two roof panels, a/c, Included spare parts and OEM wheels
Category – Japanese
Model page
Carfax Clear, In the Photo Gallery starting at #88

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From the factory, the 1.1 litre Wankel rotary engine delivered 101 horsepower to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic.  Both ends of that – three-speed and automatic – ensure that the swapped-in manual is an upgrade in the eyes of most enthusiasts.  The engine also generated 107 lb.-ft. of torque when new.  This RX-7 shows a silver finish (Mazda #K3) on a burgundy interior.  Bucket seats are trimmed in cloth.


This is a well-optioned car.  Consider that it comes from an era when power windows for Japanese carmakers was a luxury.  The car’s options are inclusive of power windows, -antenna, -mirrors and -brakes.  Also on hand inside are air conditioning, cruise control and an AM/FM/cassette head unit mated to a must-have in the ‘80s, a graphic equalizer.  The car even has original fit floor mats, of which the driver’s does show some wear.  On the outside, it is hard not to notice the smart aero body kit in the photos.  Also in evidence on the exterior are the sunroof (within the steel Targa roof), stainless steel bar cover and rear wiper/washer.


This ’85 is equipped with a three-spoke steering wheel, in the background of which is found a speedometer to 220 km/h, 7000 rpm redline tachometer and then smaller gauges for coolant temperature, fuel, voltage and oil pressure.  The odometer is a six-digit number and shows approximately 95,000 km from new.

In addition to the work to install the manual, the mechanic seller has also upgraded this machine with new wheels – a nice upgrade from the 13” rims that came with the car, new tires and new exhaust.  Other significant upgrades include custom-built transmission mounts using an OEM transmission mount support with new hardware. Relating directly to the swap, this is a list of parts installed:  new clutch kit – pressure plate, clutch disc, needle bearing, dust seal, throw-out bearing, with new clutch master and slave cylinders.  The transmission that went into the car came from a donor car showing 115,000 km.

A new stainless steel exhaust system has been installed, from collector pipe to tail pipes, with a Magnaflow muffler in between.  There are extensive underside photos which at once show off the new exhaust system and its cleanliness – no rust here!  Owner has installed a new modern starter.  The new wheels are by Rota and measure 15” x 7” – again, good for an improvement in ride and a nice cosmetic upgrade from the factory 13s, though attractive, presumably nearly impossible to find decent tires for.  The wheels are skinned in a new set of Kumho Ecsta PS31 tires, measuring P205/50R15. 

Lights are shown off in the photo gallery.  New Bosch H4 headlamps and new Bosch H1 driving lights have been installed.  Inside, there is a new shifter know.  Under the hood all of these items have been freshly tuned:  new spark plugs, new fluids, filters and belts.  All work has been done since early May 2021.

Other items included in the sale include the original wheels – with original studs, both tops as well as a storage envelope for the Targa top not in use.  Owner will also include a factory repair manual and some spare parts.  Owner relays that he has invoices for relating to the work listed.

Carfax is clean and can be seen in the gallery.

1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL Targa 5-speed manual swap

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