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  • Thanks for actually a very accurate assertion of the design of the Cosmo. I didn't know they were sold in the States. I recently saw it at the Mazda's headquarter in Irvine (they have one on display there right now, RHD with proper CA plate). Having seen it today, I was shocked by how small it is, and how tightly it was designed around the dimension. Maybe slightly left behind by others, it's still a very pretty car, with the kind of lines that we no longer see today (or those lines just don't work on today's design language, just like certain classic colors).

  • Arthur Erlend Harvey

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    Kudos to Mazda for "marching to their own drummer", and thanks Petrolicious for another well-informed design review. In the opening paragraphs I believe Mr Gilad is referring to the C-pillar, not the B-pillar. And it would be really nice to accompany... "Indeed, the rear ¾ view is the car’s most successful angle and most innovative." …with a photo.
    Cheers!

  • Myron Vernis

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    As beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, I find the Cosmo Sport to be every bit the equal of the 2000GT and the 240Z. Additionally, it has the benefit of having a totally unique powerplant in the world's first production twin rotor engine.
    I think the car gets bogged down a bit aesthetically because of the vast majority of them being delivered in, literally, plain vanilla white. We have one in a completely unoriginal shade of dark blue which we love.

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  • Dustin Rittle

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    I personally was never a huge Japanese car fan but I always had some respect for Mazda simply because they did things their own way and this Cosmo was no expection. It is a very good looking Mazda at that. I always felt it had sort of a Thunderbird vibe to it all. The car also helped Mazda launch its a new Wankel enigne as well. To show off the engines reliability they raced these cars at the famous Nürburgring ring and they did pretty well with one car finishing fourth overall. Its still a very good Japanese classic

  • jolocho

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    Not to mention that race at the 'ring was 84 hours, and probably the first time a Wankel was raced.

  • JanMichael Franklin

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    The Cosmo definitely looks like a scaled down T-Bird. However, the unique fine details, proportions, and the rotary engine make it special in my book. You couldn't give me a classic T-Bird that wouldn't get sold immediately, but this I would keep.

  • mark brinker

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    Thanks for the interesting design review of the Cosmo. The Cosmo obviously borrowed design themes from other manufacturers but taken in its totality, the car is undeniably and thoroughly unique from an aesthetic standpoint. It was also innovative from an engineering standpoint being the first production car with a twin rotor engine. I was recently lucky enough to acquire a very early Series II car with factory AC so I am a bit biased. However, I am convinced that as more Cosmos make it to U.S. shores, collector are going to quickly wake up.
    The 2000GT is obviously an iconic Japanese car but how long will the collector car community value it at 20 times that of a Cosmo? Like it or not, the Cosmo is iconic on its own terms and with the growing interest in JDM cars, I predict that the Cosmo will soon be a six figure car.

  • Aaron Venable

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    Pehtalorishus!