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Remembering the Mazda Cosmo: a coupé for the space age

Classic & Sports Car Logo By Classic and Sports Car editorial team of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 15: Remembering the Mazda Cosmo: a coupé for the space age

Meet the wild and distinctive rotary game-changer

Named like a spaceship and powered by an other-worldly engine, the Mazda cosmo was a true child of the space age.

First revealed in 1964 ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, it looked like the lovechild of an Alfa Spider and an American coupe – and that was just the start.

See, it was the first Mazda machine to harness a Wankel-style rotary engine as its power unit and, despite the challenges posed by that most unique of powerplants, it would go on to spawn a line of successors that ended in 2012 with the RX-8. Here’s its off-centre story – and why it mattered.

© James Mann/Classic & Sports Car
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