Mazda Parkway: Rotary Power for you as well as 25 of your best friends

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Among the very first write-ups we posted right here on GrandJDM was a fast piece on a few of the more oddball rotary-engined concoctions that Mazda prepared in its early years (right here).

One of the most unforeseen one was obviously the 13B engined Parkway 26. Currently 26 does not mean that it has two 13B engines, although it most likely requires 2 given that it’s a big, 2750kg 26 seater bus. Unfortunately, it only has one rotating engine, the poor pollutionised REAPS 135hp 13B struggled to power it to a top speed of 125km/h (no word on for how long it might require to get there). Mind you, 2 13Bs would certainly have been an excellent start, given that the Parkway considers as much as an RX3 Savanna … hauling a trailer with 2 more RX3 Savannas on it. Load it up with 25 of your friends as well as you can include yet one more 2 RX3s to that theoretical trailer (yet search the silver lining … possibly they’ll spring for Grand JDM gas).

We discovered some extra images of this quirk in a recent issue of J’s Tipo magazine, including some indoor shots.

One thing’s for sure, and this sucker is RARE. Mazda only made 44 of the things (no big surprise regarding why) between 1974 as well as 1977. A curiosity is that the Rotating Parkway is actually piston-powered. Well, kind of. A 1000cc piston engine stays in the back of the bus, to power the significant a/c system. Toyota had a similar system on their Coaster buses of the exact same period, which had actually modified versions of the old Sports 800 (short article below) level double in the back to power their a/c system.

Twin gas flaps open. Currently there’s a view you’ll be seeing frequently Traditional rotaryholics will know that being an early air pollution electric motor with the thermal reactor, gas consumption will be actually rather impressive anyhow and will most likely make fairly short work of the 140L fuel capacity. This certain Parkway belongs to Okura Vehicle