Mazda was only building real cars for four years when this bit of bizarre genius was unleashed on the world in concept form in 1964. Reaching production in 1967, the Cosmo was Mazda's first sports car, its first rotary-powered car, and a wonderful preview of the unorthodox, brilliant engineering that was yet to come from this small Japanese company. You should buy one.
is up for auction on Bring a Trailer, and it's all sorts of desirable. For starters, it's a rare Series I Cosmo, of which only 343 were made, and it's in nice condition, though it's noted that there are some non-correct Series II parts found throughout. It only reads 33,630 km (21,000 miles) on its odometer, and it's only been driven 150 miles since it was imported to the US a little over a year ago.
Like most other examples, this Cosmo has white exterior paint and a black interior with red carpets and houndstooth seats. When new, the Cosmo made 110 hp at 7000 rpm from its 982cc twin-rotor engine, and came equipped with a synchronized four-speed gearbox. Both of those are present here.
The car comes with its original key and owner's manual too, which is a nice touch. At the time of writing, bidding is up to $62,500 and the auction ends in two days.
Like the contemporary Toyota 2000GT, the Mazda Cosmo was not only a symbol of its company's genius, it was a loud statement of the Japanese auto industry's intent. Proof that Japanese engineers weren't just making poor copycats of American and European cars, instead forging their own paths. And who wouldn't want a surviving piece of that?