Anyone who is familiar with Mazda today likely knows of the brand through the MX5 Miata. That tossable, perfectly balanced little roadster back in 1989 single-handedly revived the convertible market. It also Mazda the brand from
But before there was a Miata or even an RX-7, there was the Cosmo.
The early Series I version arrived in 1967, and the Series II you see below was the 1968 upgrade. It gave the pretty little Series II (L10B) a power bump to 128 horsepower from its twin rotary engine with a 7,000-rpm redline, a five-speed gearbox, and a top speed over 120 mph.
Over time, the flagship Cosmo morphed from a sport to a luxury car.
There were 343 Series I produced by Mazda from 1967-68; 833 of the series II, starting mid-68 through 72, were made. They are not a lot of these around anymore, and they have become increasingly collectible. The RHD model you see below sold for $105,000.
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