Mazda’s RX-7 is one of the most revered Japanese sports cars ever built, but do they still hold sway with car enthusiasts after they’ve been transformed into a limousine? Apparently, yes.
We have proof of this because someone just paid 22 grand for a stretched version of this rotary-powered machine, specifically $21,450 through auction house Barrett Jackson. You read that right, and as the pictures attest, this 1993 RX-7 turbo has inexplicably been transformed into a stretch limo, though we have no idea what would compel someone to do this other than a sick sense of humor.
But the bigger question is, why would someone buy said vehicle? Abject insanity is the only reason we can think of.
Supposedly, this modified Mazda features a one-off structure including a Nascar-caliber roll cage, Learjet-style power door, a Petit Racing twin-turbo rotary engine and much more.
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Underneath, this one-of-a-kind limo rolls on Forgeline Race Wheels, is supported by coil-over shock absorbers and is brought to a halt by four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. A five-speed manual transmission with dual-cone synchronizers handles shifting duties.
As delivered, stock RX-7s could blitz to 60 miles an hour from a standstill in less than five seconds, running the quarter-mile in around 13.5 seconds at a speedy 107 miles an hour. This performance is still impressive today, two decades after the final example was built, though we suspect this elongated model wouldn’t be quite as fleet.
What do you think of this one-off Mazda? Is it worth 22 large or should it have been crushed?
[Source: Barrett Jackson]
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