Weekly Treasure: 1974 Mazda Rotary Pickup Truck
The issue, nevertheless, is low gasoline effectivity and excessive emissions, and that is the rationale why rotary engines are gone. Mazda’s lengthy historical past with the rotary is probably most well-known due to its RX line of sports activities vehicles, however another segments additionally
obtained this engine tech. A pickup truck was certainly one of them, though for a restricted time solely. The B sequence Rotary Pickup debuted in 1974 because the world’s first and to date solely Wankel rotary-engined pickup truck. Curiously, it was offered solely in North America and never Japan. A complete of round 15,000 examples had been constructed earlier than it was discontinued after 1977.
In comparison with different B sequence pickups, this one featured flared fenders, distinctive entrance grille, and spherical taillights. Its dashboard design was additionally completely different and its battery was mounted beneath the mattress. Energy got here from a 1.3-liter four-port 13B rotary, the most well-liked Mazda Wankel engine constructed and in manufacturing for over 30 years. Though the Rotary Pickup was famous for its stable energy, it returned solely 16.5 miles per gallon. It additionally went racing, capturing third place within the 1976 Mojave 24 Hour Rally.