1972 Mazda Cosmo Sport
- 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110
- Powered by the first mass produced rotary engine
- Four Speed Manual, Wood knobbed Shifter
The Cosmo was produced by Mazda from 1967 to 1995, serving as a “halo” vehicle for Mazda, as it marked the successful launch of the Mazda Wankel engine. The name Cosmo was chosen because it reflected the world’s fascination with the Space Race at that time, making it an ideal platform from which Mazda could showcase the rotary engine as being forward-thinking and technologically advanced.
In 1968, Mazda set out to prove the reliability of the Cosmo’s rotary engine by entering two largely stock models in the 84-hour Marathon de la Route at the Nürburgring. One of the cars had to be retired with axel damage after 82 hours, but the remaining Cosmo proved Mazda’s belief in the rotary engine well founded when it placed fourth in a field of 60 cars. Cosmos are very rare, with only 1,176 ever made and only six Series II models imported to the United States, initially. The owner of one of the few Series II Cosmos, Jay Leno opted to feature his in an episode of My Classic Car in March 2006. At that time, it was believed to be the only remaining Series II Cosmo in the United States, though his did not have the original Cosmo 10a engine.
The Cosmo offered here has documents showing only two owners while in Japan. Since it is quite rare to have much documentation with a Japanese car of this vintage; we are fortunate to have obtained documents dating back to 1976. This car was exported to the US in 2009 by a dealer from whom the current owner purchased the car in 2010. The car has been lovingly cared for by Cosmo expert Glenn Roberts since arriving in the United States, where the cosmetics were freshened. This car has the rare central air conditioning option and Clarion speakers. If you are looking for a highly original Cosmo with all the right things, this is your car.