<VV> GM Wankles

jvhroberts at aol.com jvhroberts at aol.com
Sat Apr 17 16:30:15 EDT 2010

 That, and GM was SO far behind Mazda in development, even without the first Arab Oil Embargo, I didn't see this engine coming to life. 


John Roberts


-----Original Message-----
From: lonzovair at aol.com
To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
Sent: Sat, Apr 17, 2010 11:50 am
Subject: Re: <VV> GM Wankles

Yup, Bill is right... I had a 1974 Popular Mechanix mag years ago that showed 
the Wankle in the "new" 75 Monza, which is why that car had the huge floor hump, 
giving it that "cockpit" feel... turns out it was going to need 2 or three 
catylitic convertors (and just one was quite expensive, let alone multiples) and 
the extra costs were rather prohibitive on a "small car"... according to a later 
issue of PM, I believe the same year.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Elliott <corvair at fnader.com>
To: paulsiano at aol.com <paulsiano at yahoo.com>; Virtual Vairs <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Sat, Apr 17, 2010 9:51 am
Subject: Re: <VV> GM Wankles

If you look at the engine compartment on the first H-bodies (Monzas, 
tarfires, 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 
irst major fuel crisis) and the new 1975 emissions (which required most 
ars to fit cats)... between the two issues they apparently pulled the plug 
t the very last second...

---- Original Message ----- 
rom: "paulsiano at aol.com" <paulsiano at yahoo.com>
o: "Virtual Vairs" <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
ent: Saturday, April 17, 2010 08:06
ubject: <VV> GM Wankles

n the 70s I spent a fair amount of time scrounging the scrap yards in the 
etroit area. (the source of my Chevy aluminum 283 and 427blocks) On one 
ccasion I noticed huge piles of GM Wankle engines and took a closer look. 
hey were designed to bolt to the standard Chevy bell housing and had 
tandard alternators and other external pieces. I left thinking the decision 
o cancel the program came very close to production.
(other interesting pieces that I saw were Chrysler turbines)

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