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Lucas Fletcher is an instrumentation technician at an oil refinery in Ponca Metropolis, Oklahoma, and he’s additionally a diehard Nissan fan. However when his former Nationwide Guard Sergeant instructed him about an RX-7 assortment up for public sale in Kansas, Lucas determined to department out and take a peek at some twin-turbo rotary Mazdas. What he found in a storage locker is so astonishing, it has captured the creativeness of Mazda RX-7 lovers around the globe.

All of it occurred this previous weekend.

“I’m a Nissan man via and thru,” Fletcher instructed me over Fb Messenger after contacting Jalopnik by way of e-mail. He instructed me he really purchased 9 Z32 Nissan 300ZXs this yr alone. However then alternative got here knocking — rotary-engined alternative.

“My outdated [Sergeant First Class] from my nationwide guard unit hit me up,” Fletcher continued. “He is aware of I like vehicles. He defined to me that his buddy was holding onto 2 [Mazda RX-7] FD’s and [a] bunch of components.”

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Apparently, a gentleman with a “hoarding” tendency handed away final yr, and somebody was making ready his property for a sale. Intrigued, Fletcher determined to have a look, driving to Derby, Kansas and laying eyes on two RX-7s and a storage unit “filled with components that this man was hoarding,” as Fletcher put it. Fletcher, although not a Mazda fan, says he was “overwhelmed with how a lot [was] in [the unit],” however knew he was one thing particular.

He understood that two FD RX-7s alone had been value fairly a bit as their value has risen markedly in the last decade. A superb one will fetch over $30,000. Add the components, significantly as a result of many appeared new and most had been neatly saved in stacked bins, and Fletcher was satisfied he had greater than $15,000 value of merchandise on his palms.

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In order that’s the bid he provided: $15,000, for which he put three of his 300 ZXs up as collateral to his financial institution. “That is an absolute as soon as in a lifetime likelihood of ever seeing quite a bit sale like this. I needed to take an opportunity,” he instructed me. Fletcher gained final weekend and started unpacking the quite a few components from their bins on Fb reside on Sunday as dozens of Mazda RX-7 lovers eagerly watched.

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Earlier than we take a look at the precious parts, let’s begin with the vehicles. [Note: I’m not an FD RX-7 expert, so let me know if I get some of the parts/special editions wrong]. Listed here are a number of quick movies exhibiting their situation:

There’s a black 1993 and a white 1994, each with the manufacturing unit 13B-REW 1.3-liter twin-turbocharged rotary motor and five-speed handbook transmission, although each have upgraded intercoolers.

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They’re removed from good, with pale clear coat, a ding on the white automotive’s fender and rear quarter panel (there’s a brand new white fender within the pile of components) and a few put on on the inside. However for essentially the most half, the our bodies look strong, and although Fletcher hasn’t inspected the undercarriages, he doesn’t suspect a lot rust.

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Mice apparently took residence within the engine bays, so these should be cleaned:

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Additionally, Fletcher doesn’t know if the 2 automobiles — certainly one of which has 79,000 miles and the opposite of which has 117,000 miles — run, in order that’s a giant query mark.

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However whether or not they run or not, Fletcher goes to make out properly on this deal as a result of the components within the property sale, per varied RX-7 followers on Fb (who present references for the worth of most of the components), are value tens of hundreds of {dollars}.

Take the seats under. These are crimson Recaro’s discovered within the super-rare Spirit R RX-7, a limited-edition mannequin (Mazda made 1,500 whole) thought-about by many the best rotary Mazda ever constructed.

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By the way, it’s best to learn Road & Track’s 2017 assessment of the Spirit R:

It’s the final, the most effective, the one. In 2002, Mazda produced one final run of the twin-turbo RX-7 for the Japanese dwelling market. As a remaining salute, Hiroshima threw the whole lot they’d at their departing halo automotive: cast, staggered BBS wheels; adjustable rear wing; Bilstein shocks; max-boost 280PS twin-turbo rotary engine.

They known as it the Spirit R, one final sortie, one remaining flight of the purest driving machines Japan ever created. They made 1500 of them, two thirds of that essentially the most hard-core Spec A model.

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Briefly order, Fletcher offered these seats for $7,000. That meant he purchased two RX-7s and nonetheless a boatload of components for simply eight giant. And I do imply a boatload; right here’s the locker because it sat when Fletcher gained the bidding:

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Fletcher, not acquainted with RX-7s, posted his findings onto an RX-7 Fb web page to be taught extra. “Folks [were] going nuts over the image of the storage unit,” he instructed me. “They had been telling me how useful simply the components you’ll be able to see from the image not to mention what may very well be hiding inside.” That led Fletcher to create his personal Fb group known as “RX-7 FD Cars And Honey Hole Sale.

There, he shot reside movies of his unboxing, sending RX-7 followers right into a craze:

The components embrace official Mazdaspeed physique kits, each A-Spec and GTC bumpers (Google picture search “A-Spec Mazda RX-7″ and “RX-7 GTC”; they’re stunning), varied components from legendary Japanese tuner RE Amemiya and so, a lot extra. (You’ll be able to be taught extra in regards to the tuning outfit in this Drivetribe article; right here’s a quote from that):

Due to their constant efficiency in Tremendous GT, Tremendous Taikyu, and all these Finest Motoring Tsukuba Lap Battles, RE Amemiya have cemented themselves not solely because the go-to Rotary efficiency store, however as an icon of the JDM aftermarket altogether.

There’s a bunch of “RZ” components (and certainly, these “Spirit R” seats had been additionally the identical seats in “RZ” particular version RX-7s, which had been additionally fairly uncommon). Right here’s a listing that was in one of many bins:

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Listed here are a few of these gadgets:

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Click on on the video hyperlinks and watch the realtime feedback (the video under is almost two hours of unboxing!), as a result of they present an RX-7 neighborhood completely gobsmacked.

“You haven’t even opened the whole lot. Craziest assortment of FD components I’ve ever seen,” one commenter writes. “Rattling this dude was hoarding all types of excellent shit!” says one other. Further quips embrace “Even at 20 you’ll’ve made out like a fucking bandit” and “That’s large revenue for 15okay.”

One member of Fletcher’s new Fb web page urged that the person who found the treasure put the superb discover on YouTube, writing:

put this video on youtube witha titlel ike “RX7 FD3s Barn Discover Mazdaspeed Spirit Re Amemiya” and do numbers from Detroit to Japan. Most likely find yourself on barn discover hunters or one thing

One other urged that Fletcher contact Jalopnik (which he did) to get the phrase out, as his components are probably value “$10,000s”:

Getting your story on there might expose you to thousands and thousands extra folks and web you $10,000s extra on your components. simply ship an e-mail to [email protected]””

Let’s take a look at some extra particular components that ought to fetch Fletcher fairly a bit of money. There’s the RE Amemiya full physique equipment. “This man paid [9,000] to have shipped over from Japan a few months earlier than he handed away,” Fletcher instructed me, saying the 1 million Yen bill continues to be within the field (He confirmed me a photograph). “Yea 10okay straightforward for a whole equipment,” writes one commenter on Fb.

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Then there’s the coveted Spec A bumper with full equipment:

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And the also-coveted GTC bumper (with VERY uncommon gentle lenses):

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Plus, there’s the 99-spec bumper, which is value a minimum of $500 per my cursory research on forums:

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There’s even a Knights Sport bumper under, although the Spec A, GTC, and 99-spec — provided from Mazda — appear considerably rarer and extra useful.

I don’t know what the Spec A or GTC bumpers are value.

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Additionally within the pile of components is that this RZ gauge cluster:

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“It’s much less [than a Spirit R cluster] however white one 2002 is 800-1000 [dollars],” sorts one commenter. (Looks like someone in Australia tried selling one for the equivalent of ~$640, although one in Malaysia listed for over two large).

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There’s additionally an ARC side-mount intercooler, which one reader says is value ‘4-600 [dollars].”

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Then there’s the black wing above. “Black one is Mazdaspeed GTC wing. $800ish,” guesses one viewer.

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Unusually, the gathering comes with 4 privateness covers, proven above, stacked. “Every one of many privateness covers are $100-200 every,” opines a viewer.

The listing of fascinating components appears to by no means finish. There’s an RE Amemiya park brake deal with:

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There are many wheels and gauge clusters:

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There are some Rays wheels:

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The massive field towards the wall is a carbon fiber hood:

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Within the pile of components are Mazdaspeed shift knobs, radiator caps, oil caps, rearview mirror covers, short-shifter kits, coilovers, and even a Mazdaspeed cluster:

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There are fenders, sports activities headlights and even a Mazdaspeed hood and wing:

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And take a look at the seats. One viewer claims that they’re “value about 1200 a seat relying on the situation…”

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The Oklahoman instructed me he’s been provided $30,000 for the lot, however he turned it down, saying he believes that what he has is value considerably extra. “I’m listening to at least $50,000 upwards to $85,000 value of components and vehicles simply sitting there,” is Fletcher’s guess on the worth of his acquisition.

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Now that he’s transported all of the components to his store, Fletcher’s plan is to attend a bit earlier than promoting. He needs to grasp what he has, and he needs to arrange and stock all of it.

“I by no means ever ever thought I might personal an RX-7″ he exclaimed over the cellphone. “Out of nowhere, this occurs. And I’m nonetheless blown away that I bought this chance.” Fletcher says he’s going to maintain the white automotive as his personal, and construct it up utilizing most of the Mazdaspeed components.

It’s a wild experience that has touched FD RX-7 lovers around the globe, and all of it got here from a quiet public sale within the small city of Derby, Kansas. What an attention-grabbing man the previous proprietor of those vehicles and components should have been.