After a bit more research, I can finally add some more complete info on the mysterious Finale edition.AD RX wrote: ↑Fri May 01, 2009 12:26 amI may have falsely quoted some of the FINALE details in this thread,
1) i quoted that the build plate say #/150, it clearly only shows the build number only and NOT the total production number which is still unclear, the letter provided by ROTAME states in one sentence that 25 were made, then in the second sentence it mentions 25 were made in NSW.
was the Finale a NSW MAZDA thing?
Did Mazda make 25 for each state?
2) The positioning of the plate is now up for question. I quoted that it should be on the passenger side door trim as my FINALE's plate ( I owned No2 )was on the passenger side door trom just like the one below ,I save this pic from carsales, however ROTAME owns No8 and his plate is on the dash, now I suggested that his plate may have been moved when the doortrims were retrimed(possibly) however ROTAME recalls seeing another Finale where the plate was also on the dash?!
where these plates fitted by dealers or Mazda( I would assume mazda) if dealers whre fitting them then MAYBE each dealer had their own specifi position where they fitted the plates.
anyhow to this date i have not seen a build number higher then 16..so MAzda may have only made 25 as the letter states !!! these things are rarer then i thought !!!!!!!!!
IF anyone has Finale info please post it up !!!!!!
I have learnt from contacts within Mazda that throughout the time of 1st gen RX-7s, there were different companies responsible for vehicle delivery, marketing and sales in each state. Head office was in Melbourne and imported cars for Victoria (and probably Tasmania), while different companies imported cars into NSW/ACT, QLD, SA, WA etc. My contact had never heard of the Finale and I always found it curious that they only ever seemed to have come out of Sydney. There was no national sales promotion or brochure or road test or anything like that. Then there is the letter in the above post which is from Mazda (NSW) and only refers to 25 being sold in NSW. Then there is the fact it was available in yellow or red only, which seems kind of weird unless Mazda NSW managed secured a bunch of cars for delivery in 1986 (possibly at a discount due to the arrival of the new FC in late 1985) and these were the only colours available in Japan.
I am 95% confident that the Finale was a stickered run-out special promoted within NSW only and was not an official Mazda Australia special. My contact at Mazda believes this to be the case.
Anyway, thanks to Senna27 here are some much higher quality pictures of a Finale, build no. 7 which has managed to survive in very nice original condition. They show the various blackouts/decals etc and, like AD RX points out above, the build plates which do not say 1 of 150. This further confirms there were 25 and they were available in NSW/ACT only.