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Darling of my youth

How did you end up with this car?

We’ll, it’s been in my family since the early 1990s. It belonged to a friend who sold it to my dad. I actually learnt how to drive in this car when I was 10-years-old, so it’s got some sentimental value.

It stopped running and for a bit of time it was just parked at home wasting away. Unfortunately, most mechanics don’t know their way around a rotary engine, but I finally met someone through social media who was able to get it running.

However, it wasn’t running perfectly and I decided to do an engine swap. I replaced it with a 2000cc Toyota 7K engine from the Toyota Noah.

What do you love about it?

I love that it’s an interesting car. Most people have no idea what car it is and have probably never seen anything like it. It’s always nice when people appreciate your car or you catch them turning to stare at it. It is also stable on the road even when driving enthusiastically. You can do up to speeds of 130kph and the car will be absolutely stable on the road.

I love the fact that it’s so light and balanced and because of that I’m able to enjoy the speed. I’m still a young man and this is definitely a young man’s car.

What are some of its downsides?

Getting the parts is the hardest thing. Body parts are expensive, as they have to be shipped from abroad, especially things like the glassware and headlights. But it really has no major problems apart from the rotary engine. Once I did the engine swap it has never let me down.

I have been doing 400 to 500-kilometre journeys and it has managed all of them without a fuss. Actually, apart from the engine, the rest of the car is completely original.

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