This RX-7 has some serious history behind it. Bought on an impulse by a lady named Stacey in September of 1985, This car has only two owners to date, and is one of the biggest reasons this site was founded in general. It’s current owner (As of 07/31/2019) being the co-founder. This car brought people together from across the continent, is the “claim to fame” for several forums gaining popularity in the 90’s, and is still one of the most iconic cars that BC has to offer. So without further ado, let’s get into the story. (A lot of the information provided pre-second owner was provided by Jim Rothe’s forum, which we linked.
After several years of enjoying the car, garaging it from October to June, it was unfortunately stolen on October 24th, 2001. At the time of the carjacking, the car only had 107,000kms, and was all original, as Stacey described it. Only basic maintenance, brakes, and etc had been done to the car. Never repainted, never modified in any way, shape or form. Pure love for the original design. Being a GSL-SE (special low numbers, fuel injected 13b model), and being in such good shape, insurance had no idea what to value it at. So, Stacey reached out to Jim Rothe for answers.
On November 5th, 2001 the car was recovered. However, the car was nowhere near in the same condition that it was in on October 25th. As Stacey put it, “Words could not describe” the pain she felt as her baby was spray bombed black, gutted, and ran hard in pure joy-ride fashion. As uploaded, Sunshine Esso Automotive mailed ICBC insurance adjusters a letter stating that prior to the state it was found in, this car was immaculate, and could not be valued as a regular GSL-SE. So, insurance had to come up with a number to pay her out. The number? $9028.80.
She decided to buy the vehicle back, and attempt to restore it to it’s original glory. The bill came to $556 to buy it back from ICBC. Before attempting a restoration it was suggested that the engine be gone through, so, on the 17th of November, Stacey had the compression test done (Documented here) at Wolfe’s Langley Mazda. The test came back with good results! So she needed to restore it cosmetically, and had no idea where to start. Once again, this car is back in Jim Rothe’s life, as Stacey reached for help. Jim came up with the number for a complete restoration… $8995. Without hesitation, restoration was underway.
Documented here on Pipetale are photos of the car being re-painted, re-wired, and more. The interior was restored to it’s original, glorious red state it was in from the factory, BY HAND. Neighbors, friends, and shops all helped restore the RX-7 to it’s original state, and for incredibly close to Jim’s initial estimate! It was around $8500 CDN to get the car restored. The featured photo is of the 2nd day the car was on the road, brand new in 1985. (Fun fact: The photo was taken by a photographer for National Geographic!) and as you can see via the updated photo, it looks like it rolled just off the lot yesterday in 2019.
The car was given a blue tag VIN by the government of BC (the same one given to imported vehicles) and enjoyed for many years by Stacey. On November 28th 2012 Stacey passed away. The car was driven by her mother Carol for some time until she found it to be a bit much. She put it up for sale in 2018 and that very same day Jordan enquired about the car and put down a deposit.
The car currently lives in Armstrong, to which it stays in very similar condition. The factory radio was non fuctioning when the car was purchased. there was an attempt to salvage it but ultimately it was determined that that was not possible. Abluetooth receiver/headunit was installed behind the factory deck and lives behind the dash, modernizing the car without compromising the collector/vintage look. Basic maintenance has been done religiously, a new fuel pump, spark plugs, cap, rotor etc have been put in the car since it was purchased
And that takes us to today, where Rose the RX-7 is still able to be daily driven at 139,000 original KMs.
Footnotes from the owner
Thanks for reading guys!
Owning this car has been quite an experience. Its my 3rd Rx7 and the one ill most likely have until I die. When i bought the car from Stacey’s mom (ha!) she made me promise that not only would I take extremely good care of the car such as storing it indoors and not “racing” it as she put it, but also that I would make it my own.
I grappled with this concept for quite some time as the car really is a time capsule but this winter I finally am going to make it mine.
Some of the components on the car really are starting to show their age such as the suspension mainly , but also the clutch, fuel system, brakes ect
Instead of merely replacing these components ill be upgrading them, as well as some tasteful, period correct, visual upgrades. All of it will be logged here so stay tuned and please, enjoy the site!