<VV> GM Wankles

Bill Elliott corvair at fnader.com
Sat Apr 17 09:51:15 EDT 2010

If you look at the engine compartment on the first H-bodies (Monzas, 
Starfires, etc )you can clearly see that they were designed for the rotary.

I understand the primary issues were the poor fuel economy (just after the 
first major fuel crisis) and the new 1975 emissions (which required most 
cars to fit cats)... between the two issues they apparently pulled the plug 
at the very last second...


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "paulsiano at aol.com" <paulsiano at yahoo.com>
To: "Virtual Vairs" <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Saturday, April 17, 2010 08:06
Subject: <VV> GM Wankles

In the 70s I spent a fair amount of time scrounging the scrap yards in the 
Detroit area. (the source of my Chevy aluminum 283 and 427blocks) On one 
occasion I noticed huge piles of GM Wankle engines and took a closer look. 
They were designed to bolt to the standard Chevy bell housing and had 
standard alternators and other external pieces. I left thinking the decision 
to cancel the program came very close to production.

(other interesting pieces that I saw were Chrysler turbines)


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