If you're on the hunt for a serious project this year, this 1971 Mazda Cosmo could be the car for you. It's a barn find that looks like it's been sitting for decades untouched, now up for sale in the UK. You should buy it.
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The Cosmo, first introduced in 1963, was Mazda's first-ever car to use a rotary engine. It served as the brand's halo car, sporting rear-wheel drive and some seriously good looks. Only about 1150 examples were built, which pristine examples commanding prices nearing the six-figure range on the collector market.last year for $88,500.
This particular car is not in pristine shape. According to , it's a barn find that hasn't been touched in some time. Much of the original white paint is gone, occupied by rusted bare metal. The original 14-inch wheels are nowhere to be seen, but thankfully, the glass, trim, lights, handles, and bumpers seem to be present pand accounted for. The interior looks to be in relatively good shape too, considering it's been sitting for so long. The seats are still there, as is the original carpeting and dash. The odometer reads just 40,763 kilometers (around 25,300 miles.)
The ad states this car is an original, numbers matching Cosmo, which means the new owner doesn't have to worry about trying to source the original engine from somewhere else. It's a complete car in need of some serious attention. With (around $58,000), it seems like the perfect car for a fun restoration. And since it's past the 25 years old mark, you should have no problem importing it into the US.
Via Antony Ingram