• Dec 10, 2008
Click above for image gallery of Patti Wilhelm's GSL-SE

For the first generation Mazda RX-7, it didn't get any better than the GSL-SE. The FB cars were done by 1985, and the GSL-SE was only available for 1984-85. Carrying larger brake rotors, an upgraded suspension, revised front airdam and a fuel-injected 13B Rotary, SEs are sought after and a clean, unmolested original-owner car is a rare find, indeed. Patti Wilhelm's 1984 RX7 GSL-SE is the cleanest we've ever laid eyes upon. Even though it's traversed 291,000 miles since she drove it away from Valley Mazda in 1984, the car has been well cared for and has seen recent refurbishment and upgrades like Bilstein shocks.

Patti sadly passed away from kidney cancer in June, 2008. She wanted her RX7 to go to a good home, and that it should benefit others. Being a motorsports enthusiast and an animal lover, the beloved Mazda is being raffled off, with the proceeds going to The Humane Society of the United States. Autoweek magazine is helping coordinate online bidding, which currently stands at $7,100, and will close at midnight on December 14th. We're wowed more by the quality of Patti's life than anything, but the car is just as much a class act. Head on over to place your bid for a good cause.


[Source: Autoweek via MotorWorldHype]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      thats a shame, the humane society of the united states is a peta like orginazation out to ban hunting and fishing and has nothign to do with caring for dogs or cats or any other pets. she should have left the $ to a GOOD cause, not to a bunch of wackos.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really want to get this car but I don't have the spare cash right now.

      The 1st gen RX-7s are just simply the best handling cars you can drive for the money. I really miss my '85 even being dark gray with the horrible red and brown interior.

      So much fun to drive and so much fun to guess at how much gas I had left since the guage kept breaking. But hey when you are 16 with an RX-7 all is good.

      If you can get this car do not pass it up. There is nothing like an RX-7. Everyone should drive one once.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Excellent article! I love these cars! They were so fun to drive, economical, stylish and pretty quick for their time. I had almost bought one but couldn't shake the idea of having a to fix/replace the leaking differentials on these cars. Like the V8 Camaro's and Firebirds and their 700R4 transmissions, this was a repair that was inevitible!
      • 6 Years Ago
      ahhh...common mistake, the chassis code is sa22c, not fb not commonly believed, just fyi...
        • 6 Years Ago
        wow, i r nub

        i learned something new for the day! thx for the correction (not sarcasm btw)
        • 6 Years Ago
        *as commonly believed
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually that is your mistake. The first generation RX-7 went through 3 different series' (minor model changes). The SA chassis code was only designated through the first series (S1), in the first few years of production from 1979.
        • 6 Years Ago
        VIN depends on what side of the pond you're on. Worldwide, all markets except North America had SA22C chassis codes for all production, 78-85. For North America, the FB designation was taken in 81 to fit the standardized US-spec 17-digiit VIN. The Series 3 North American cars even got a unique interior, the one you see above, that the rest of the world never got. Naturally, it's LHD only, and different, so it sticks out to folks in different markets.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great car, greater cause, and an even greater person. Thanks for posting Autoblog!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Seeing as the handling and efficiency are similarly dated, I just took it for their faux-vintage fad.
        Brian
        • 6 Years Ago
        I had an 85 GSL-SE that I got from the original owner. Mine was in just as good condition except it has porno red interior and leather seats. Wish I could have kept it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, I haven't seen a left-hand drive first gen RX-7 before. It's kinda weird. I'd love to drive that around here and people think WTF? A 1st gen RX-7 (which is already a rarity), then another take, WTF x2, an LHD 1st gen RX-7!!

      RIP Ms Wilheim, let's just hope the money doesn't get lost in the bureacracy of such a large charity. A smaller one would have been better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        On ebay, cars.com, etc. I can't find an example that isn't LHD. Is it supposed to be rare? Friend of mine in HS had one of these in almost the exact colors, of course this was 1997 so his was a little worse for wear... Great Resto, wonderful cause...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I live in Japan, that's why that car is rare. An LHD example, even more rare. Any car made before 1990 is a rarity on Japanese roads.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Original stereo it looks like with one of those band graphic equalizers loved in the 80s.

      I hope it is an eBay auction. It'd be better to see it go to someone who wants it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks somewhat like a Jag E-type without any "modifications". Beatiful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 1984 1/2 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE was my first car. An awesome ride and a 5 speed to boot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want a 1988-91 Rx-7. If this was a little more current I would throw some money into the ring. Pull that rotary out and put in a turbo 1.6 miata engine. I think it fits in these older cars as well
        • 6 Years Ago
        or you could buy a Miata..... Since they weigh less and come with a Miata motor in it.

        The whole point of an rx7 is the rotary
      • 6 Years Ago
      Double dipping?

      They should probably raffle it off OR Auction it, not BOTH
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dang It! Now I really miss my 82 RX-7. I would grab this if I could. Dang holidays...why can't my wife buy me a car...I been good i swear.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I still have my silver '79 4-speed, bought right off the boat swaddled in plastic wrap and with Japanese writing shoe-polished on the window.

        Though mine only has 48,000 miles on it, it's unfortunately not in great shape. That original vinyl interior (with the red dots showing through black seats) fell apart within a couple of years and my attempts at upholstery verily sucketh, a (low speed, thank goodness) encounter with a deer left a rumple on the hood, and for the last four years it's spent about 363 days of the year squeezed into a small storage unit. The last time I took her out for a summer drive, the belts were squeaky and the engine felt mushy above 5500rpm, making me think that the seals were questionable.

        I need to get the poor old girl up for sale this year and let someone come haul her away. Even if she is worth next to nothing at this point, she deserves a better home.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Me too. I had an '85. Still one of my favorite cars.
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