Published on November 30th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair


Stop Destroying Rare ’90s Japanese Sportscars, PLEASE

We were sent these photos from a friend through Facebook. It shows this yellow Mazda RX-7 FD crashed on top of a white Proton Wira aeroback.

We only have these three photos, and they have date and time stamps showing this happened in the afternoon yesterday. The shops in the background seem to indicate that this happened near Lukut, Negeri Sembilan (though if you have more accurate information, please let us know).

The roads seem very wet and the RX-7 seems to have suffered damage to its rear wing and front bumpers and rear bumpers, as far the photos show. The rest of the car seems relatively intact but there’s no telling just how bad the mechanically-important components are.

These Mazda RX-7 FDs are getting exceedingly rare and desirable with many selling in the used market for 6-digit prices. While these 90s Japanese sports cars are still fast, fun and very capable, I think owners have to start taking better care of them. The 90s were arguably when Japanese sportscars peaked in terms of build quality, capability, design and reliability. We often make the mistake of thinking these aren’t classics, but they’re already close to 30 years old. It’s time we start treating them with more respect and care. Otherwise they’re going to go extinct and the next generation of car enthusiasts will not be able to experience them first hand.

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