Mazda RX-7 Diecast Model

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AutoArt  Mazda RX-7 diecast car
  • Brand: AutoArt
  • Make: Mazda
  • Code: AA75981
  • Model: RX-7
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Color: Mach Green
  • Points to redeem: 2,250

n 1978, Mazda introduced the ”RX-7”, or “Savanna” as it was known in the Japanese market, to compete with Nissan’s “Z” cars and Porsche’s 924. Although initially somewhat underpowered, the smooth Wankel rotary engine and superb handling made the RX-7/Savanna a favorite among sports car enthusiasts.

The most distinctive and controversial feature of the RX-7 was the 100 horsepower, 1146 cc Wankel rotary engine. Originally designed by German Felix Wankel while working at NSU, the design was seen by many as the future of the internal combustion engine. But there were problems with fuel consumption and emissions that drove many car manufacturers away from the design when both of these elements were getting close federal and state (provincial) scrutiny in North America.

Mazda licensed the design from NSU/Wankel and began working to fix the engine’s problems which also included rotor apex seal chatter and wear, oil leakage, and manufacturing cost. Mazda was able to solve the seal, leakage and emissions issues, but fuel economy and the manufacturing cost continued to be issues. Mazda used the Wankel in several of their cars, but the RX-7s built between 1978 and 1995 consumed the majority of the Wankels they built.

Mazda made three generations of the RX-7/Savanna : the First Generation from 1979 through 1985, the Second Generation from 1986 through 1992 and the Third Generation from 1993 through 1995. AUTOart has brought us the First Generation RX-7/Savanna in typical Japanese trim with right-hand drive and forward fender-mounted rear view mirrors.

The First Generation RX-7’s design might be considered “restrained”, with slab sides, positive offset wheels and understated wheel arches. To get a feeling for this, picture a spinster librarian with granny glasses, a tightly-wrapped bun of hair and a cameo pin centered on the collar of her blouse. That, pretty much, gives you a feeling for the excitement created by the First Generation’s styling. Although there were some Gen1 IMSA race cars that seemed to shake this image, it really wasn’t until the Third Generation car in 1993 that the librarian was allowed to remove her glasses, tousle her hair and unbutton a couple of buttons of her blouse when Mazda gave us a car with a sensual, sexy shape and moves to go along with its new looks. But by this time, the going price for the car had skyrocketed and it appealed to a very different and smaller market than it had in its Gen1 configuration.

From the front, with its pop-up headlights and 10 mph bumper, the First Generation RX-7/Sevanna is very reminiscent of the Porsche 924. The rear features an opening glass hatch with black-framed quarter windows. In the cabin, there are two primary seats for the driver and passenger and two “occasional” seats that are best suited for very small children. These “occasional” seats were standard in the home market and optional in export versions. These seats can be folded down to enlarge the “cargo area”.

AUTOart’s RX-7/Savanna captures the essence of the little car beautifully. AUTOart’s ability to execute the fine details on the moldings, trim, lensing and glazing is their strong suit. The shut lines are tight and even. The way they prep the castings for paint is exceptional and I can’t remember any AUTOart product, including this one, that had visible parting lines anywhere on the main body castings. The paint, in this case a medium metallic green, is smooth and flawlessly applied. Tiny details like the Mazda logo and the small trumpet on the steering wheel center are perfect. The glass-covered instruments look as realistic as any I’ve seen. If you look close, you can, pretty much, read the shift pattern on the gear shift knob (this is a 5-speed!). Then take a look at the outside lock cylinder with a strong magnifying glass…… you can see the vinyl gasket, the outside trim ring, the inner lock barrel and the key slot……. all on a piece that is the size of a grain of sand !

The engine bay has an abundance of detail, with the hoses and wires to get the job done…. all very well executed for a model in this price range. A little bit of a disappointment, the underside of the model is done in two colors: a matte black and a flat aluminum.

One problem that I’ve had with this production sample is that the pop-up headlights and the rear-opening hood seem to interfere with each other’s operation and the trailing edge of the hood doesn’t want to seat into the rest of the bodywork. I would guess that this is particular to this sample as AUTOart is very conscientious about making their body panels fit.

Overall, this is a very nice piece for the person that had an early RX-7/Savanna, or just liked the car. This is a nicely-done model and I feel confident in recommending it.

-Bill Bennett

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