At first glance, you may be thinking, "look at the front bumper. Are you sure it's clean?"
Yes, I do think this first gen RX7 is exceptionally clean. A minor thing like that front bumper will look incredibly clean if it's just painted. No biggie. This past summer at the Japanese Classic Car Show in Irvine, I was walking around the show looking at so many cool cars, I just didn't know what to take pictures of first. There were too many cars to look at! Fortunately my good friend Herbrock One stops and talks to just as many people as I do when we're at carshows, so I had time to take a picture of this first gen RX7. It was owned by his friend, whose name I think is Danny. If I remember correctly. (If I got it wrong, I apologize… I always meet tons of people at events, and even though I try, it's hard for me to keep all the names straight sometimes, unless I see the same people all the time!)
First thing I want to say is… is it an SA22C? Or an FB? What's the proper chassis code, and how can you tell the first gen RX7s apart, just by looking at them? How about some assistance, rotary experts? I've been wondering about this for a very long time.
I like the subtle, clean styling put into this RX7. The Epsilon wheels are sized very well for the fenders of this first gen, and I love the front chin spoiler!!! It looks perfect on this car! It points outward, and is aggressive, yet the black texturized plastic looks very period correct, and nostalgic. Very 80s, wouldn't you say? I just love 1980s cars. It looks like it would be a Foha spoiler… I'm not sure if Foha even made them for RX7s though, I normally see those airdams on old Corollas.
Also, about the hood… I remember the owner of the car telling me that it was a METAL drop vent hood. Meaning, it was a home made drop vent, and he actually cut into the metal of his hood, and welded the side pieces on. I think he did an awesome job. Look at the body of this car. So straight, and so clean… the only thing that could make it cleaner is a new coat of glossy silver paint… but right now, the car looks like it doesn't need paint yet… I'd maybe just touch up the bumper. By the way, did you guys notice the rollbar inside? This is definitely a great example of a cool looking first gen RX7 that you could drive on the street and the track!
Even though I'm not necessarily a huge rotary fan, I believe in what those engines can do, and I just love cars like this!
That is a really clean FB! Very nice job on the hood.
"Series 1 / S1" SA22C - 78-80
Some people will refer to all First Gen's as sa22c. In the U.S, the SA chassis code was only used in 78-80, and is also referred to as a "Series 1". It has a flat front bumper and the rear license plate is between the tail lights, which are also different than later year models and have a single-layer colored plastic. Usually steel rims, sometimes "waffle" style. Interior is rounded and 70's style - reminiscent of the Z-cars of the day. 12a 1.1L carbureted engine ~ 110hp/.
"Series 2 / S2" FB - 81-83
In the U.S. market, the VIN was changed to the "FB" chassis code. Front and rear bumpers are rounded and curve with body lines, and there is now a black centerpiece between the rear tail lights, which were also updated to a double-layer, clear outer and colored inserts design. You'll see updated 4-spoke 13" rims, "LE" mesh 13", steel, or waffle rims. Retained rounded interior. 12a 1.1L carbureted engine.
"Series 3 / S3" FB - 84-85
Updated front lower air dam featuring drops on the left and right side with vents/ducting for improved brake cooling. Interior gets a face-lift with a boxier, more 80's design (U.S. market only). Introduction of the GSL-SE model with 13b 1.3L fuel injection (135hp / 135ft/lbs) and larger disc brakes, updated lug pattern and 14" flat vented rims. Japan saw a "Savanna" model with 12a 1.1L Turbo Fuel Injection @ 165hp