The roots of the Mazda Motor Company go back to the 1920’s, but the Japanese company only started building passenger cars in 1960. From the onset, they took a slightly different, slightly quirky and always creative approach to building cars. Just four years into series production, they began to experiment with the all new Wankel-Rotary engine that first appeared with NSU. Mazda were firm believers in the potential of the rotary engine and in 1966, introduced their first production rotary engine car, the Cosmo L10A. The Cosmo name paid tribute to the space race of the time which also inspired the crisp, starship-like styling. The hand-built Cosmo was a “halo” car for Mazda, designed to attract attention to the new technology under the hood as well as the rest of the Mazda lineup. The original L10A had a tiny, twin rotor engine displacing 982cc but capable of ahealthy 110 horsepower output. Later, second series cars had the L10B engine which was good for a very healthy 128hp, mated to a slightly longer wheelbase chassis. The crisp and elegant styling was very unique and like the Nissan Skyline and Toyota 2000GT, meant as a light, sporty GT car. With Mazda’s commitment to the rotary e
left-hand-drive 1970 mazda cosmo sport series-2 l10b coupe white 5-speed air-con
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