• It’s Amazing What You’ll Find In The Peterson Museum Alone At Night

The Peterson Automotive Museum hides some prertty epic stuff in "The Vault", among which a rare pre-production Mazda RX-7

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The Hoonigans YouTube channel is the place to go if you are looking to see some of the most interesting and madly-modified vehicles, as well as some truly crazy stunts. This video is a bit different, however, as it takes us into the Peterson Automotive Museum. The place is home to well over 100 cars and some of the most unique ones are held in “The Vault”. These include some of the first vehicles ever made, movie cars, “001” chassis cars (the first of their kind), as well as some awesome concept cars.

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Before getting to the focus of this video, we are being shown some other cool cars, like a Honda N600, which was actually the first-ever made, and Renault Alpine A110S Group 4 Rally car.

There it is!

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If you only want to see the pre-production FD RX-7, I suggest you skip to the 7:05 mark. The beautiful orange Mazda concept is parked neatly between cars like the Porsche 928, a 1950s Ford Thunderbird, and a Ferrari 550 Super America.

You can clearly recognize the FD proportions we all know and love, but there’s also a lot more in common with an NA Miata. The car looks smaller than the production version and the front fascia looks like it’s smiling, just like on a first-generation MX-5. This is one of the four designs proposed to Mazda for their next RX7. Yoichi Sato is responsible for what we see in the video. The Hoonigan presenter is very keen to point out this is before the first production car.

No longer a “Bootleg 944”

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The FC RX-7 is a great car in its own right, but it is pointed out that it was essentially a Japanese copy-paste version of the Porsche 944. On the other hand, the FD was supposed to be more upscale and unique than any other two-door Mazda before it. It was actually sold under the “Efini” name in Japan, which was kind of Mazda’s luxury brand.

Very similar to the production version

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Scotto mentions the obvious – the pre-production car we see here is very close to what we actually got in the end. He also says, this is something he would love to own, to which I am sure many of us can relate. Sadly (for him), he cannot fit in it.
Regardless of whether or not we can comfortably sit in it, it’s a cool piece of Japanese automotive history and is worthy of sitting among the other big names in the Peterson Automotive Museum.

Although we wanted to focus on the Mazda RX-7, the video continues and we get to see other awesome, unique, and rare vehicles from the collection.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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