<VV> GM Wankels, Starfire, flying cars (Dennis Johnsey)

jvhroberts at aol.com jvhroberts at aol.com
Sun Apr 18 15:02:16 EDT 2010

 Well, maybe, right now, virtually ALL of the intellectual property of any meaning to the Wankel is owned by Mazda. So much so, I think it would be VERY hard for anyone else to pursue the Wankel without purchasing licensing rights from Mazda. 


John Roberts


-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Johnsey USN (ret) <dilligras at yahoo.com>
To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
Sent: Sun, Apr 18, 2010 11:16 am
Subject: Re: <VV> GM Wankels, Starfire, flying cars (Dennis Johnsey)

I bought a new, six cylinder Olds Starfire in '75 because the V8 Monza required 
pulling the engine off its mounts to access sparkplugs. Now I know why. The 
wankel was also used by OMC in personal watercraft and by Moller Industries in 
their remarkable prototype eight-engined flying car. 
>From the website:


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 diesel fuel. 

"Veddy intedesting!"[Arty Johnson]

Imagining 3 or 4 of those in a '64 convertible...

'62 Custom Corvan w/'66 110hp & powerglide

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Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 06:56:32 -0400
From: "John Kepler" <jekepler at amplex.net>
Subject: Re: <VV> Wankels
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 Both Norton and Suzuki had Wankel powered motorcycles right from the

Ditto DKW.....but Suzuki built more RE-5's than Norton and DKW combined!


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