1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé

Founded in the 1920s, Mazda Motor Corporation, initially not focused on passenger cars, began series production of such vehicles in 1960. Just four years later, the Japanese company showcased its first prototype featuring a rotary engine, obtained through the rights to produce NSU’s Wankel-designed engines. In 1966, Mazda officially introduced its inaugural rotary model, the Cosmo L10A, which entered production the following year.

The flagship model, the Cosmo, boasted a twin-rotor engine with a displacement of 982cc, producing 110bhp. This power allowed the elegant two-seater coupé to achieve a top speed of 185km/h. In July 1968, Mazda unveiled the L10B version, offering increased power (128bhp) and a higher top speed (193km/h) on a longer wheelbase. Production was limited, and by the time the Cosmo was phased out in 1972, only 1,519 units had been produced, with 1,176 of them being the L10B version.

Considered a coveted addition for serious collectors of Japanese supercars, the Mazda Cosmo, alongside the Toyota 2000 GT, stands out. Acquired in 2006 from a former Mazda dealer, this particular 1970 Cosmo is the sole remaining example in France of the three imported at that time.

Previously showcased at the Le Mans Motor Museum, it has an impressive history, having participated in various events, including the Rallye des Princesses, Rétromobile, Mondial de l’Automobile, Classics Days at Magny Cours, Le Mans Classic, and exhibitions at Mazda dealerships. Widely covered in the motoring press and on television, this Mazda Cosmo is a captivating piece of automotive history.

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