One of three delivered new to France,1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé  Chassis no. L10B-10769 Engine no. 10A-1865

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Lot 19
1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé
Chassis no. L10B-10769 Engine no. 10A-1865

€ 80,000 - 100,000
US$ 90,000 - 110,000
Withdrawn
One of three delivered new to France
1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé
Chassis no. L10B-10769
Engine no. 10A-1865
*One of three delivered new to France
*One of only 1,176 made
*72,439 certified kilometres from new
*Engine rebuilt 584 kilometres ago
*Well-known and full French history from new.
*Mazda's iconic rare sports car

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 endow 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. Production was limited and when the Cosmo was phased out in 1972 only 1,519 had been made, 1,176 of which were the L10B version.

This example of Mazda's rare early sports car was purchased by the current owner in 2006 from a former Mazda dealer. Dating from 1970, it is the only Cosmo remaining in France of three imported at that time, and was exhibited for several years at the Le Mans Motor Museum. While in the vendor's hands, the Mazda has participated in many events: Exhibition Place Vendôme at the Rallye des Princesses; Rétromobile, on the Mazda stand; Mondial de l'Automobile on the Mazda stand; Classics Days at Magny Cours; Le Mans Classic; and various exhibitions at Mazda dealerships and demonstrations of classic cars. It has also been the subject of numerous reports in the motoring press and on television.

This car benefits from extensive restoration, carried out in 2015 (full details available). The engine was overhauled by a Japanese rotary engine specialist, who came to France specially to complete the task, and is still running in, the car having covered only 584 kilometres since the rebuild. Other noteworthy features include overhauled ignition, new oil pump, rebuilt shock absorbers, new starter motor, new battery and new paintwork (in the original cream colour) while many trim parts have been re-chromed. All tyres, including the spare, are new.
The car is described as in generally very good condition both inside and outside, with everything in accordance with the original specification. No faults were found during the Contrôle Technique carried out on 21st March 2015 and the car also comes with French Carte Grise. The car has all its keys, the very rare key ring, the operating and maintenance manual and the tool kit, all of which are original. A rare find.

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  • This lot has been withdrawn from the sale, it will be offered at the Grand Palais on 4th February 2016. Veuillez noter que ce lot a été retiré de la vente, et sera présenté le 4 février 2016 a la vente au Grand Palais.
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One of three delivered new to France,1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé  Chassis no. L10B-10769 Engine no. 10A-1865
One of three delivered new to France,1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé  Chassis no. L10B-10769 Engine no. 10A-1865
One of three delivered new to France,1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé  Chassis no. L10B-10769 Engine no. 10A-1865
One of three delivered new to France,1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé  Chassis no. L10B-10769 Engine no. 10A-1865
One of three delivered new to France,1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé  Chassis no. L10B-10769 Engine no. 10A-1865
One of three delivered new to France,1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé  Chassis no. L10B-10769 Engine no. 10A-1865
One of three delivered new to France,1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé  Chassis no. L10B-10769 Engine no. 10A-1865
One of three delivered new to France,1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé  Chassis no. L10B-10769 Engine no. 10A-1865
One of three delivered new to France,1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé  Chassis no. L10B-10769 Engine no. 10A-1865
One of three delivered new to France,1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S Coupé  Chassis no. L10B-10769 Engine no. 10A-1865
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