Wankel + Automatic = Ideal Truck Drivetrain?
You’d think that the zilch-o-torque characteristics of a Wankel engine wouldn’t be so great for hauling heavy loads, and you’d be right! Adding an automatic transmission to the mix, as is the case with this ’75 Mazda pickup, no doubt made for some interesting driving experiences when hauling, say, a dozen sacks of concrete mix in the back.
I can’t remember the last time I saw a Mazda rotary pickup on the street, but this one— which I spotted in a Denver self-service wrecking yard a couple days ago— survived long enough to stay out of The Crusher’s way until the second decade of the 21st century.
Redshift on Jan 21, 2011
I love REPU's. I would love to add one to the fleet, but this on is a bit far away I think. Very cool truck, and have a huge following amongst Rotary fans. I'm amazed this one got junked. There were two at the Deal's Gap Rotary Rally last year, and were crowd favorites. One of them was still original paint/unrestored.
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