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Yeah, but doesn't everyone already know that before they get their 7's?
I did because I knew I wanted a car that had character and wasn't maintream sitting at every corner. So, I can work on it and know what went in to making the car run smoothly. Of course race someone and say you just got your a$$ kicked by a 1.1 - 1.3 liter engine (depending on the engine) and two(or three) triangles.
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1983 Mazda RX-7 GSL - [Currently: RB modded 4 barrel Holly carb., RB intake, RB exhaust, NGK sparkies, custom straight pipe, no emissions equipment, removal of manual choke, disabled OMP(running premix now), xtreme dynamat in hatch area, Pacesetter muffler (looks like normal muffler but you can see right through it), Holley fuel pressure gauge, fuel pressure regulator, carter fuel pump, 2nd gen. oil cooler, 2nd gen oil lines, temp. sensor controlled Black Magic electric fan, custom black/yellow interior, Sony Xplod stereo, Jenson speakers, fog lights] [Waiting to be installed: 14'' Honey Comb wheels, Falken Azenis Tires, 12at turbo, air/fuel gague(no more guessing)]
OK, it's not from the VIN, but yes it is in the VIN. "FD" is shorthand for Mazda's chasis code for the car -- FD3S -- which means nothing to anyone except for Mazda, sorta. This is said by pronouncing each letter/number ... "eff-dee-three-ess." Some people mistake the "S" on the end as a plural form of "FD3" which is wrong. It is not and "FD3" and the plural for is not "eff-dee-threes." So ... FD3S ("eff-dee-three-ess") or "FD" for short. Plural of that can be "FDs". As has been said, the second gen is "FC" short for FC3S and the 1st gen is SA22C ... "SA" ... I think only in the USA does that "FB" designation exist for some weird reason.
In Japan, it's much more common to refer to cars by chasis code because it quickly designates the generation, manufacturer, and model of a car, rather than saying "3rd Generation Mazda RX-7." It's also used sometimes because multiple cars are built on the same/similar platform with internal parts that are universal ("mods", etc.).