Bonhams : Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970

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Lot 360
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970

Sold for € 138,000 (US$ 152,227) inc. premium
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970
Châssis n° L10B-10769
Moteur n° 10A-1865

*Une des trois livrées neuves en France
*L'une des 1 176 unités construites
*72 500 kilomètres d'origine garantis
*Entièrement restaurée et moteur refait il y a 584 kilomètres

Bien que fondée dans les années 1920, la société qui allait devenir Mazda Motor Corporation ne commença pas la production d'automobiles particulières avant 1960. Seulement quatre années plus tard, la firme japonaise exposait son premier prototype à moteur rotatif, ayant acquis les droits du moteur NSU-Wankel. En 1966, Mazda lançait sa première voiture à moteur rotatif, la Cosmo L10A qui entrait en production l'année suivante. Vaisseau amiral de la marque, la Cosmo était animée par un moteur à deux rotors de 982 cm3 développant 110 ch, suffisants pour doter le joli coupé deux places d'une vitesse de pointe de 185 km/h. En juillet 1968, une version plus puissante et plus rapide (128 ch, 193 km/h), la L10B, voyait le jour. La production fut assez faible et lorsqu'elle prit fin, en 1972, seulement 1 519 avaient été construites, dont 1 176 étaient des L10B.

Cet exemplaire de l'une des premières rares sportives de Mazda a été acheté par le vendeur en 2006 à un concessionnaire Mazda. Datant de 1970, c'est la dernière Cosmo restant en France sur les trois importées à l'époque et elle a été exposée pendant plusieurs années au musée automobile du Mans. Aux mains du vendeur, la Mazda a participé à de nombreuses manifestations, une exposition place Vendôme pour le Rallye des Princesses, Rétromobile sur le stand Mazda, le Mondial de l'Automobile sur le stand Mazda, les Classics Days à Magny Cours, Le Mans Classic et différentes expositions dans des concessions Mazda et autres manifestations historiques. Elle a aussi fait l'objet de nombreux reportages dans la presse automobile et à la télévision.

La voiture a bénéficié d'une restauration complète effectuée en 2015 (tous les détails sont disponibles). Le moteur a été révisé par une spécialiste japonais des moteurs rotatifs venu spécialement en France pour effectuer la réfection et il est toujours en rodage, la voiture n'ayant parcouru que 584 km depuis la reconstruction. Les autres caractéristiques notables sont la réfection de l'allumage, la pompe à huile neuve, les amortisseurs refaits, le nouveau démarreur, la batterie neuve et la peinture refaite (dans son crème d'origine) et les nombreux éléments rechromés. Les pneus, y compris celui de la roue de secours, sont neufs.

La voiture est décrite comme étant en très bon état général, à l'intérieur comme à l'extérieur, tous les éléments étant conformes à ceux d'origine. Aucun défaut n'a été constaté lors du contrôle technique effectué le 21 mars 2015 et la voiture est vendue avec sa carte grise française. La voiture a encore toutes ses clés, le très rare porte-clés, le manuel d'entretien et la trousse à outils qui sont tous d'origine. Une rareté.

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

*One of three delivered new to France
*One of 1,176 made
*72,500 certified kilometres from new
*Extensively restored and engine rebuilt 584 kilometres ago

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.

Saleroom notices

  • Veuillez noter que l'estimation de cette auto est 80,000 – 100,000 € comme mentionné sur le catalogue en ligne, et non pas de 85,000 à 135,000€ comme mentionné sur le catalogue imprimé. Please note that the estimate is 80,000-100,000€ as stated on the catalogue on line, and not 135,000€ as stated on the printed catalogue.
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Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S coupé 1970
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