Some vandal smashed up the instrument cluster, so we can't be sure this odometer reading is correct. If it speaks the truth, this is one of the highest-mileage FB RX-7s I have ever seen in a place like this.
Air conditioning was a very rare option on these cars, at least in not-so-hot coastal California.
If you're going to open your wallet for the A/C, why not get the sunroof to go with it? Sunroofs were status-symbol items during the early 1980s.
12A engines mostly go right to the crusher, once they reach a place like this. Everyone who wants to stockpile 12As already has a half-dozen in the garage. This one was rated at 100 horsepower, which was fairly serious stuff in a 2,345-pound car in 1983.
In this U.S.-market ad, the 1983 RX-7 was pitched as the best-selling two-seat sports car in the country. Of course, not many affordable two-seaters were available that year; there were no 1983 Corvettes, MGB sales ended in 1980, Triumph Spitfires and TR7s were gone after 1981, and few were willing to buy Ford EXPs or Bertone-badged Fiat X1/9s. Perhaps the $15,495 Alfa Romeo Spider and $14,799 Datsun 280ZX were tough competition, but the most inexpensive RX-7 was a mere $9,695.
It should go without saying that the Japanese-market TV advertisements for the RX-7 were more entertaining than the U.S.-market ones.