Random # 134: Mazda RX6 ???

As far as UMPH knows, there was never any such thing as a Mazda RX6.  Google doesn't seem to think they exist, either, and, if confirmation were required, neither does Wikipedia.  

However, if there were such a beast, the RX6 would almost certainly have been based on the 626 like the one featured here, the logic being that the first rotary-powered Mazda readily available in Australia was the R100, which shared its body with the 1000 coupe of that time.  It was followed by the Capella-based RX2 in both coupe and sedan styles; the RX3, with its two- and four-door bodies common to the 808; and the RX4 and RX5 which were more or less a rotary-engined 929s (two distinct versions, though, with the later RX5 being coupe only).  

Chronologically, the next step would seem to have been a 626-based RX6.  Adding weight to the theory is that the 626 had both a coupe and a sedan in its range, following the precedent set from the RX2 on (and even the R100 which had a four door version that wasn't available in all markets).  Subsequent rotary Mazdas - all three versions of the RX7, and the RX8 - were specific sports models and did not share bodies with their piston-engined stablemates.  

Has some clever Tasmanian therefore created the missing link and built his or her own RX6?  The number plate - RX 0626 - rather suggests that to be so.  There's an after-market radiator lurking behind the grille, drilled brake rotors and a fat exhaust that would service a rotary quite nicely, too.

If they have, they've built themselves quite a tasty sleeper.  Other than the subtle clues described above, the car presents as an immaculate late 70s / early 80s 626, with only a set of tasteful Simmons wheels to set it apart from a stock-standard version.  It would easily be amongst Hobart's best presented and maintained older Mazdas.



All iPhone images.

Popular posts from this blog

Baskerville Historics, Day 2, 2017

Why Burgers Are Better Than Sushi or Pastries or Chocolate or Pies (The Ranelagh General Store)

Random # 207: Rambler Hornet