1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport Series II L10B Coupe  Chassis no. L10B-10900 Engine no. 10A-2062
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One of the most desirable Japanese sports cars of all time
1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport Series II L10B Coupe
Sold for US$ 110,000 inc. premium

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1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport Series II L10B Coupe  Chassis no. L10B-10900 Engine no. 10A-2062 1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport Series II L10B Coupe  Chassis no. L10B-10900 Engine no. 10A-2062 1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport Series II L10B Coupe  Chassis no. L10B-10900 Engine no. 10A-2062 1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport Series II L10B Coupe  Chassis no. L10B-10900 Engine no. 10A-2062 1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport Series II L10B Coupe  Chassis no. L10B-10900 Engine no. 10A-2062 1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport Series II L10B Coupe  Chassis no. L10B-10900 Engine no. 10A-2062 1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport Series II L10B Coupe  Chassis no. L10B-10900 Engine no. 10A-2062 1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport Series II L10B Coupe  Chassis no. L10B-10900 Engine no. 10A-2062 1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport Series II L10B Coupe  Chassis no. L10B-10900 Engine no. 10A-2062
1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport Series II L10B Coupe

Chassis no. L10B-10900
Engine no. 10A-2062

982cc Twin-Rotor Wankel Engine
Single 4-Barrel Zenith Carburetor
128bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - DeDion Rear Axle
Front Disc - Rear Drum Brakes

*Delivered new to Mazda's hometown of Hiroshima Prefecture
*Substantially original example of a cornerstone Japanese classic
*More powerful Series II configuration
*Never officially sold here in the US
*One of the most desirable Japanese sports cars of all time



THE MAZDA COSMO

Although founded in the 1920s, the company that would become Mazda Motor Corporation did not commence series production of passenger cars until 1960. Only four years later the Japanese firm exhibited its first rotary-engined prototype, having acquired the rights to produce NSU's Wankel-designed engines. In 1966 Mazda launched its first rotary, the Cosmo L10A, which went into production the following year. Mazda's flagship model, the Cosmo was powered by a twin-rotor engine displacing 982cc and producing 110bhp, which was enough to afford the pretty two-seater coupé with a top speed of 185km/h. In July 1968 a more powerful and faster (128bhp, 193km/h) L10B version on a longer wheelbase was introduced.

While, as with Toyota and their 2000GT, the Cosmo was a comfortable grand touring car in road going trim, Mazda was keen to prove the model's competition abilities. Mazda additionally sought to prove the reliability of their wankel rotary engine. To this end, the factory entered two cars in the 1968 Marathon de la Route, an 84-hour test of endurance held at Germany's famed Nürburgring circuit. The Cosmos ran near the top of the field during the entire race, with one retiring in the 82nd hour, the other going on to finish 4th overall behind two works-entered Porsche 911s and a works Lancia Fulvia 1.3 HF.

Production was limited, and when the Cosmo was phased out in 1972 only 1,519 had been made, of which 1,176 were the Series II L10B version. In the world of collectible Japanese cars, the Mazda Cosmo ranks in the top tier, alongside its high-performance Toyota and Nissan competitors, the 2000GT and the Skyline GT-R. Because the original Cosmo was never officially sold in the US, sightings of these cars on American roads are almost nonexistent. This is therefore an exciting opportunity to acquire one of these futuristic looking, jet age rotary-powered sports cars.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This Series II Cosmo was first registered in the Hiroshima Prefecture, where Mazda is based, in 1970. Only produced in right hand drive configuration, Cosmos were primarily home market cars given their diminutive size (less than half a foot longer than a new Miata) and unique looks -- only six were dispatched new to the US -- and to this day few have left their home country. Finished in white -- the most popular color -- over black vinyl with houndstooth cloth inserts, it is easy to see the appeal in these rare cars given their spaceship-like appearance and novel powertrain.

Passing through several owners in Japan, this Cosmo received some mechanical refurbishment in 2011, including a restoration of its Zenith carburetor, new spark plugs, a cleaning of the gas tank, new front headlight and rear taillight lens frames, a new battery, and a thorough exterior and engine detailing. Outside of routine maintenance and mechanical refurbishment, however, the car is substantially original. Among the features that have been added later are the wood rimmed steering wheel and a set of very rare Hayashi Racing wheels.

Leaving Japan for the first time to come here to Arizona, this is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most desirable Japanese sports cars ever produced. With Toyota 2000GTs now solidly in the rarified air of blue-chip collector cars and a younger generation of collectors with a boundless enthusiasm for cars from the Land of the Rising Sun, it is of little surprise that these early rotor-powered Mazda sports cars have become so fashionable and sought after.

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