I saw a 1st gen Mazda pickup (not Courier) a few days ago, first in a long time, but haven’t seen a Rotary Pickup for a lot longer. Aside from the engine, these now seem ahead of their time, as sporty trim and fender flares became ubiquitous on “compact” trucks (Ranger STX and Edge, TRD Tacoma, etc).
Where I live, one of the neighbors have a newer (less old?) version of this. A late 80s
B-series Mazda pick up with a rotary engine swap. It’s also red and looks and sounds great. They also have a hybrid Highlander in that house. For those times they need the fuel economy?
I never saw that many of this model of Mazda pickup, but the Courier variants were all over western Washington. A friend of my wife’s had one that was in pretty tough shape bodywise, having hit a deer once, rolled another time, and just jury-rig beat back into approximately original shape. He got great service out of it though – they certainly seemed to be tough little trucks, competitive in every way with contemporary Datsuns and Toyotas.