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One of my all time faves. The Jensen Interceptor. From the original.....

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To the one apparently due for launch in 2014...

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Back in the day, my ol'man had a Mk III Interceptor and my recollection was of him spending more time under the bonnet than behind the wheel! :P Still a beauty to my eyes.

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One of my all time faves. The Jensen Interceptor. From the original.....

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To the one apparently due for launch in 2014...

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Back in the day, my ol'man had a Mk III Interceptor and my recollection was of him spending more time under the bonnet than behind the wheel! :P Still a beauty to my eyes.

Sweet, probably my fave car when I were a lad. From memory it was the fastest production car in the world for a time. But according to James May it's a right POS.

The new one should be interesting!

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As a rotor nut I remember those Willow.

And the good news, the rotory is making a return!

http://smh.drive.com...1018-27s95.html

Now that is clever thinking & engineering...yeah I am a rotary nut as well having owned an R100 that drank as much fuel as my mates 253 V8 at the time...Rob

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TOADRACER

The Mazda Roadpacer was a comedy of errors , but no-one laughed.

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If you took an ill-handling, overweight and out-dated Australian land barge and lumped it with a highly strung rotary motor, you'd have a heinous pile of chrome-bumpered, vinyl-roofed sh1t. You could also call it the Mazda Roadpacer AP.

Back in March 1975, the otherwise innovative Japanese manufacturer got a rush of blood to the head and hopped in bed with The General (GM). The "Toadracer" was their ham-fisted, gimp-like offspring.

The reason behind the get-together was that GM USA wanted information on Mazda's rotary (for the stillborn quad-rotor Corvette), in exchange of which they "donated" a boatload of GM cars. A slab of stale light beer would've been a bettertrade after the damage this car did to Mazda's image.

They saw the "free" family-size body shells as a way to cash in on the burgeoning luxury car scene ruled by V8 behemoths like the Toyota Century and Nissan President and the four-banger Mitsubishi Debonair. It was a good idea poorly executed.

Mazda took a god-awful HJ-series Holden Premier and exchanged the 3.3-litre "Red" straight-six for a 100kW 13B rotary. The purpose was mainly to escape a Japanese engine-capacity tax, a move that turned the car from simply bad into something a sado-masochist wouldn't drive leather-clad.

The problem, apart from woeful dynamics and quality, was that the land-barge HJ tipped the scales at 1575kg, but the frantic rotor only had 187Nm of torque, only available at the noisy end of the rev range.

The 13B was hooked up to a three-speed auto as the target market of diplomats and business fat cats didn't shift their own gears. This compounded the inadequacies of the 1.3-litre motor as the gearbox didn't like high-rpm applications and the twin-rotor only came alive near the right-hand side of the tacho.

People soon worked out the equation that big car plus small, thirsty engine equal expensive running costs, and that the Roadpacer was a shocker. It guzzled as much and sometimes more fuel than the Aussie five litre bent eight.

After all that, the punchline for everyone except Mazda - was the price. The rotary powered Kingswood cost twice what the car maker's top-of-the-tree Cosmo RE LTD luxury sports coupe retailed for, and the Cosmo could outrun a geriatric with two busted hips; the "Toadracer" couldn't.

In the end, it took Mazda two years to sell 800 of the lead-tipped arrows to gullible Japanese big wigs. It was meant to be a quick-fix money spinner; instead, it ended up humiliating Mazda and has become a mythical joke of the Japanese automotive industry.

These were a bizzare concoction, I have anarticle in an old Australian Muscle Car mag on these, very few left these days. Slugs too apparently.

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These were a bizzare concoction, I have anarticle in an old Australian Muscle Car mag on these, very few left these days. Slugs too apparently.

Slugs = no torque + lots of weight...Rob

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A friend of mine has an R33 gts-t Skyline. It's around 340kw at the rear wheels. He took me round the track at Sandown at a club day.

We sat up the backside of a Porsche GT3 for 2 laps before deciding to back it off a bit.

Cost so far is $15k for stock import and about the same in mods. Most cars when you work them to this extent become a hand grenade with the pin out, but these Skylines seem to be bulletproof.

Video of a 1000hp one from Japan, as driven by JC on top gear.

http://m.youtube.com/?reload=3&rdm=m6y2kw5xe#/watch?feature=related&v=Yis0KSKsWF4

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John,

You lost me after #2, but what is # 1? That is so art deco retro.

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Jonkheere-bodied Phantom 1 Rolls Royce - absolutely beautiful. :thumb:

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THAT'S the sort of car you should get, John.

want to loan me the millions it is now worth :)

she is a beauty though isnt she

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Jonkheere-bodied Phantom 1 Rolls Royce - absolutely beautiful. :thumb:

One of he best looking cars I have ever seen. :love It makes MANY OF today's luxury cars look like the bland boxes they really are

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One of he best looking cars I have ever seen. :love It makes MANY OF today's luxury cars look like the bland boxes they really are

Yeah, there's something magic about the 1930's Art Deco aesthetic IMO. I just love the wooden cabin cruisers and speedboats of that era too.

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Yeah, there's something magic about the 1930's Art Deco aesthetic IMO. I just love the wooden cabin cruisers and speedboats of that era too.

We are definitely like minded Tony. Art Deco is my all time favourite style period and the only boats that I like are slow ones that are made from wood.....preferably varnished teak. I remember as a child going with my father and a mate of his who owned a Halvorsen cruiser made of teak wood and it had a real cabin. We would often go cruising,fishing and swimming along the Hawksbury River north of Sydney. :)

Apparently one is best advised not to swim or fish there anymore due to urban development on the foreshores.

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