They say Americans accept a adulation activity with the automobile, and John and Jody Wittnebel do adulation their 1979 Mazda RX-7. One acumen they adulation it so abundant is because one aloof like it ample acutely in their own beginning accord aback in 1979.
John and Jody own the Castle, the above Presbyterian abbey they accept angry into an arts and contest venue. John is additionally a pilot for American Airlines while Jody runs a business bureau alleged Hourglass Media.
“I’m a pilot but I accept no absorption in owning a plane,” John Wittnebel says. “Planes are a apparatus but cars are a toy.”
Wittnebel is a life-long car enthusiast. He apprehend about the RX-7 in the car magazines aback it aboriginal came out in 1979 and recalls Road & Track proclaiming Mazda’s sports car to be clearly bigger than Datsun’s sports car the 280Z.
John absitively to analysis it out for himself. He contacted a bounded Mazda banker and abstruse they would anon be accepting shipments of the new car. Hearing that he accomplished for his checkbook and put a drop on one. He believes his was the aboriginal one awash in the Twin Cities area he lived at the time.
“Owning a two-seater in Minneapolis is not a absolute applied choice,” John admits. Nevertheless, it was his alone car and he acclimated it as his circadian driver.
He had had the car about bristles weeks aback he met Jody and was afraid she knew what it was as best bodies had never apparent one yet.
“And I knew how to drive it,” Jody proudly adds.
Mazda has consistently been amid the abate Japanese car manufacturers. In an accomplishment to analyze itself from the others it began development of the alleged rotary agent in the aboriginal 1960s.
Also accepted as the Wankel engine, the rotary agent was invented by German architect Felix Wankel in the 1920s. Instead of pistons which move up and bottomward or aback and forth, Wankel’s architecture activated a triangular shaped rotor spinning aural a alcove shaped article like a fat amount eight.
Rotary engines are lighter and added bunched than agent engines and aftermath beneath vibration. Unfortunately, they additionally tend to use added ammunition and aftermath added emissions than agent engines.
When Mazda entered the U.S. bazaar in 1970 it offered models with agent engines as able-bodied as models with rotary engines. With accretion apropos over ammunition ability in the deathwatch of the 1973 oil crisis, Mazda’s rotary models began falling out of favor but the aggregation wasn’t accessible to accord up on the design.
Noting the success Datsun (now Nissan) was accepting with its 240Z and 280Z sports coupes, Mazda began developing its own two-seat sports car and in 1979 alien the RX-7. The rotary agent was called for the new car because of its bunched size, failing and able ability output. Besides, buyers absorbed in a sports car were beneath acceptable to be afraid about ammunition abridgement than added buyers.
“And it was cheap,” John says. “It awash for about $7,195 aback it aboriginal hit the market.”
As abstract as it may accept been, the car was the couple’s circadian disciplinarian in the aboriginal years of their accord and it larboard them with abounding addicted memories. Eventually, though, Minnesota’s acrid winters took a assessment and the car decayed badly.
It developed some automated issues, too. John advised to do some assignment on it but says there never seemed to be abundant money for it and he assuredly had to accord it up.
The car may accept been gone but he and Jody never forgot it. Then aftermost abatement while attractive through online listings on the bargain armpit bringatrailer.com John came beyond a 1979 Mazda RX-7 aloof like the one he had aback the brace aboriginal met.
“This one is so affectionate to the one we had,” John says. “We anticipate it was fabricated aural a ages of our aboriginal one.”
The brace agreed John should abode a bid on the car but addition applicant was additionally absorbed so the amount was climbing. Determined to get the car, John aloft the absolute he had set for himself and was captivation the aerial bid aback the bargain expired.
“I started to cry aback I saw I won the bid,” he admits.
John abiding to accept the car alien actuality and aback it accustomed he wasn’t disappointed. It was identical to his aboriginal RX-7 and was in aboriginal action with alone 75,000 afar on the odometer. Accepting spent its absolute activity in California it was additionally rust-free.
“I accept this car was preserved for John,” Jody says. “He spends added time with the car, it’s like a mistress.”
Clearly, the Wittnebels intend to accumulate this “mistress” in their accord for a acceptable continued time.