Theme Tuesdays: Rotaries In Everything


My friend Will (of StanceEast fame) is currently on his second kick at the can building an LS powered FD RX-7. Since his first V8 blew itself to smithereens in about a month he’s been lamenting about the days his car was rotary.

While I’ve mostly convinced him to stick with the LS by reminding him of his failed rotary powered trip to h2o, he has convinced me to do a rotary powered Theme Tuesday.

Since I actually don’t hate rotary engines (I just like v8s more) I accepted this idea, however in typical fashion I decided to make things a bit more challenging for myself and not include a single Mazda.

13b MGB

Start things off with a super old personal spot of mine from 2010, I actually forgot I took these photos and have never seen this car again.

20B Delorean DMC-12

This one comes from an old WTF Friday post. Speed wise the stock Delorean needs all the help it could get, and since painted Deloreans are often crashed ones I imagine no one is too upset about this.



The dash came along for the ride here as well.


12a Ford Cortina

I have not seen heads or tails of this car since 2011, which kind of sucks, but hopefully it’s still rolling around close to the ground powered by a 12a.





A bit more info about this car is located here, and here.

12a Datsun Sunny

The Sunny and the Cortina look kind of similar so it only makes sense for one to follow the other. I wasn’t able to find much on this one however…

Rotary AE86s

I guess this is semi popular as I was able to find two examples relatively quickly. I guess it makes sense as I imagine early RX-7s and AE86s being similar in weight.

13B Beetle

Stumbled upon this when looking for the car below and figured it too was worth a post. This car was completed nearly a decade ago.

Rotary Powered, Beetle Panned, Golf MKI

Another WTF Friday veteran this car was feature on Speedhunters last year. It features a built, bridge ported 13b under the hood …err rear mounted.




13b Datsun 510

I’ve seen this Datsun a few times before but never really researched what was in it, I’ve since found out spinning those big rear wheels is a bridge ported, blue printed, turbo 13b.



There’s a pretty detailed site dedicated to this very car right here.

13 Totoya Corolla

You can take a rotary fan out of a Mazda but you can’t take the rotary motor out from under their hood. Southern Fresh has the feature on this car but the meat and potatoes under the hood is a 13b with velocity stacks.


Das Speedster

What do you do when you have a really rotten VW Beetle, but don’t feel like sending it to scrap? You cut off everything too rubbish to use and make one of the coolest Volksrods ever out of the scraps and then put a 12a Rotary between your new frame rails.

Insanely enough this car was also built in just 73 days.






There’s no doubt I forgot a few so feel free to share some in the comments below!


  1. I’m surprised at the lack of new zealand cars. Most pre 2000 cars have probably had a rotary in them, including
    skylines and fwd civics

  2. The 13b MGB shown in your photo above was spotted yesterday (April 28, 2018) at Road Atlanta during the HSRA sponsored Walter Mitty event. I was interested in it because I am also considering an MGB to rotary engine conversion . The owner was nowhere to be found so I can’t offer and additional information on this conversion. I can say that the engine bay doesn’t look as good as your photos, showing at least 8 years of wear. I was most interested in the engine mounts, and took several photos that I can share if you are interested in them.

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