LeMons Starter Kit, Rotary Edition

1980 mazda rx-7 24 hours of lemons race car for sale

Following on from the Volvo 122 from a couple weeks ago, today we’re highlighting this ’80 RX7. It’s prepped, but in no way ready to race. For one, the engine and transmission are out. For two, presumably they’re out for a reason. Following the lack of motivation (the cited reason for the sale, as well), we’ll always caution against trusting someone else’s cage and/or fuel cell install if it hasn’t raced very recently. And even then, print out the rule and go over it in the most literal of mindset.

Passing those hurdles, there’s a lot to be loved: 20 gallon fuel cell, hella cheaty Ground Control suspension, plus three sets of wheels and tires (one race, two for rolling). Assuming the cage or cell install isn’t a complete re-do, this would be a killer starting vehicle for those really interested in being competitive in Class A. Of course, the combination of “first time LeMons racer” and “wants to be competitive in Class A” usually translates to “numerous black flags”, so perhaps the best bet would be to drop in the powertrain from a diesel Chevette until you can run 3-4 races without holding your line right into the door of a Crown Vic.

1980 Mazda RX-7 LeMons racer for sale – SFBay Craigslist

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  1. Sjalabais Avatar
    Sjalabais

    Following on from the Volvo 122 from a couple weeks ago
    Whoo…stop the presses. That was a Volvo 142. For comparison:
    http://images.hemmings.com/wp-content/uploads//2014/11/Big-Sur-Volvo.jpg
    http://bestcarmag.com/sites/default/files/3235911Volvo_122_-_Flickr_-_mick_-_Lumix.jpg

    1. dukeisduke Avatar
      dukeisduke

      And the 122 doesn’t come with a cute chick.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar
        Sjalabais

        Definitely a short term issue.

  2. mdharrell Avatar

    The front end looks like a hoot and a half.
    http://images.craigslist.org/00707_3ylfT2cVisa_600x450.jpg

    1. Alff Avatar
      Alff

      The tires screech, the horns are great and it’s perfect for no holds barred racing.

  3. dukeisduke Avatar
    dukeisduke

    There are LeMons stickers over the taillights – don’t the rules require brake lights?

    1. mad_science Avatar

      Yeah, but it’s common to sell factory tail lights for $$$$ and buy cheap trailer LEDs for $$.

  4. Alff Avatar
    Alff

    Not sure I’d be comfortable racing on Flaken tires.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar
      Sjalabais

      “Flaken, not stirred”, and also, the snake ate my motor?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgyeUHH_V0g

  5. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    That side shot. Why was there never a targa roof RX7?
    The roll-bar’s there already.
    http://i2.wp.com/hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/1980-mazda-rx-7-24-hours-of-lemons-race-car-for-sale-1.jpg?resize=720%2C407

  6. HuntRhymesWith Avatar
    HuntRhymesWith

    For the high rollers, here is a cooler rotary project to spend your money on: http://vancouver.craigslist.ca/pml/cto/5585179188.html
    Monster ported 12A powered “AW11”. And it comes with body molds.

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