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Auto Shipper for Mazda RX- 7 Racing versions of the first-generation RX-7 were entered at the esteemed 24 hours of Le Mans endurance race. The first outing for the car, which was equipped with a 13B engine, failed by less than one second to qualify in 1979. This was of course discouraging, but it was more so motivational. The next year, a 12A-engine car not only qualified, it placed 21st overall. Oddly enough though, that same car did not finish in 1981, which was entered along with two more 13B cars. Those two cars were back for 1982, with one 14th place finish and another did not finish the race at all. Things were not looking that great for Mazda at the time.

Yet, they made an impressive comeback, and in 1991, Mazda became the first, and only, Japanese car to win the 24 hours of Le Mans. Le Mans outlawed rotary engines shortly after this win, which is what the car was equipped with. If done over again, under the new laws, they would not have been so lucky. Backing up in history, the original RX-7 was a true sports coupe design, as opposed to a sports car like the Triumph TR6. The compact and lightweight Wankel engine, also known as a rotary engine was situated slightly behind the front axle. It was offered in America as a two-seat coupe, with four seats being optional in Japan, Australia and other parts of the world. It was not retired without taking in a few awards. The RX-7 made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for a total of five times. Not to mention, production was solid, with a total of 811,634 units being produced. Most likely this is due to the car’s placement in the affordable sports car segment. It was joined in this segment with others like the Nissan Fairlady Z, but it obviously held its own well.


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