This car was purchased from a local seller that has had it for years, and years before that it sat in a storage warehouse. It came to me as a roller missing many pieces but with a straight zero rust body and at a reasonable price.
Originally it was one of a little over 100 SSM RX7's built in 1993, and one of very likely under 50 SSM with red interior. Not sure about its early years, but the car ended up with a fellow that autocrossed and tracked the car pretty seriously for a while. It was fitted with a rollbar/harness bar at some point along with a single turbo, Apexi Power FC, etc. Along the way it was resprayed and the guys doing the respray did a reasonably good job of it. With the respray the antenna hole was filled, etc.
Then the motor had issues, the car was pulled apart and sat. It sat in storage and some parts were pulled off and sold, and eventually the car ended up belonging to the fellow I bought it from. It sat some more as he and his buddy were planning to make it a race car, then that plan was abandoned and they thought maybe fix it and sell it.. we all know this story, right? Not long ago they decided they just did not have the time and it was time to sell the car. That is where I came in.
I bought the car, trailered it home, took a quick inventory of what I had and did not have, then a couple days later bought several additional pieces like the original (bad) engine, a set of stock turbos, a Petit exhaust, and other small items. A week later I took a trip to Maryville TN and picked through a bunch of parts, and brought home more missing pieces. Within about two weeks of buying the car, most of the big pieces were either in my garage or were ordered and being shipped, so as they say, off to the races I went!
Now, I purchased the car August 2nd, and in my garage already was a fresh motor built with Goopy Apex seals, nice housings, and a bunch of other really nice parts, I had a transmission in my warehouse, and so it took just a few hours to bolt the two together and drop the motor in the car. As of today, Sept 14 I have installed the motor, colormatched the front bumper, cleaned prepped and painted the front and rear calipers, installed all new brake pads, rotors, stainless steel lines and installed a set of OEM shocks and springs with around 20K miles on them, installed the complete exhaust which is a 3" catless downpipe, a resonated midpipe, and the Petit catback, acquired a replacement instrument cluster from a 99 with the boost gauge in it and its been completely gone through, serviced, and re-calibrated for MPH instead of KPH, and to show the actual, correct milage for the car. Freshly rebuilt and tested primary and secondary injectors have been installed and the rats nest has all new silicone hose. The seats are also being prepped for the new red leather seat kit and about a dozen other small things I cannot think of right now.
Next up is to finish the engine installation along with the AC and power steering, mount the radiator, and check and recheck the wiring and turbo system. Once the new fuel pump and filter are installed it will be time to start the car for the first time and assuming there are no issues, move on to the cosmetic including the interior and paint.
Pictures as sent by the seller of the car. You can see the difference in bumper color, missing windsheild and seats.
Left side view
Right side view.
Interior shot looking rearward. No carpet, some missing trim bits, but not in terrible condition at all. Battery is in the right side storage bin.