Mazda Roadpacer

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Mazda Roadpacer AP

1975 - 1977
Country:
Japan
Engine:
Wankel 13B Rotary
Capacity:
654cc
Power:
135bhp
Transmission:
Jatco 3 spd. auto
Top Speed:
157 km/h
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
3 star
The intelligent and advanced concept of global outsourcing applied to the development of the Mazda Roadpacer AP offered a high-quality small volume mass-produced vehicle with a shortened development time and less cost in terms of investment. Well - that was the theory.

By 1974 Holden had established itself as a major exporter, but one of the lesser known exports was that of HJ Premier bodyshells to Mazda in Japan.

Upon arrival, the bodyshells were fitted with the 13B Wankel rotary engine. This hybrid became Mazda's top-of-the-line domestic model, known as the “Roadpacer”.

Unfortunately the Roadpacer offered poor acceleration, and the fuel consumption was terrible. Contemporary reports suggest 9 mpg (26 L per 100 km). That said, once up to speed the car was able to waft along smoothly in impressive isolation.

Being a top-of-the-line car meant the price would not be a bargain - but at a whopping 3.8 million yen (US$10,000) in 1975 it was very expensive indeed. In fact, this was about twice the price of a contemporary Mazda Cosmo.

Originally intended as transport for high-ranking Government officials, the car was sold in the wake of the first fuel crisis and was not a commercial success. It was out of production in three years.

We doubt there are any Roadpacers around today, and therefore give it a 3 star rating for collectability. Unfortunately we would always mark it down for practicality, unless you could find one extremely cheap you would be far better off sticking with the real Holden of the era!

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