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Mazda Cosmo
1968 Mazda Cosmo-Sport 01.jpg
1968 Mazda Cosmo L10B
Overview
Manufacturer Mazda
Production 1967–1996
Assembly Japan: Hiroshima (Hiroshima Assembly)
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (1967–1981)
Mid-size car (1981–1989)
Grand tourer (1990–1996)
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
The Mazda Cosmo (マツダ・コスモ, Matsuda Kosumo) is an automobile which was produced by Mazda from 1967 to 1995. Throughout its history, the Cosmo served as a "halo" vehicle for Mazda, with the first Cosmo successfully launching the Mazda Wankel engine. The final generation of Cosmo served as Mazda's flagship vehicle in Japan, being sold as the Eunos Cosmo through its luxury Eunos division in Japan.
Mazda chose to use the name "cosmo", reflecting international cultural fascination with the Space Race, as Mazda wanted to showcase the rotary engine as forward-thinking, with a focus on future developments and technology.

Contents
1 Series L10A/L10B (1967–1972)
1.1 Racing
1.2 Series I
1.3 Series II
2 Series CD (1975–1981)
3 Series HB (1981–1987)
4 Series JC (Eunos Cosmo, 1990–1996)
5 References
5.1 Notes
5.2 Bibliography
6 External links
Series L10A/L10B (1967–1972)[edit]
Series L10A/L10B
Mazda Cosmo L10A front-right 2016 Shanghai Auto Museum.jpg
1967 Mazda Cosmo L10A (Series I)
Overview
Production 1967–1972
Designer
Heiji Kobayashi
Kenichi Yamamoto
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupé
Powertrain
Engine
982cc 0810 (Series I), 110hp
982cc 0813 (Series II), 130hp
Transmission
4-speed manual
5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase Series I: 2,200 mm (86.6 in)
Series II: 2,350 mm (92.5 in)
Length 4,140 mm (163.0 in)
Width 1,595 mm (62.8 in)
Height 1,165 mm (45.9 in)
Curb weight 940 kg (2,072.3 lb)
The first Mazda to bear the Cosmo name (called the 110S on models intended for export) was (along with the NSU Ro80) one of the first production cars to feature a 2-rotor Wankel engine. A prototype was presented at the 1964 Tokyo Motor Show, one month before the 1964 Summer Olympics, and after the introduction of the NSU Spider at the Frankfurt Motor Show; 80 pre-production Cosmos were produced for the Mazda test department (20) and for dealership testing (60) between 1965 and 1966. Full production began in May 1967 and lasted through 1972, though Cosmos were built by hand at a rate of only about one per day, for a total of 1,176 (343 Series I cars and 833 Series II cars).[1][2] The car was also featured in the show The Return of Ultraman.[3]
Cosmos were built in five batches:
Date Number Engine Description
1963 2 8A prototype Cosmo
1964 1 10A Tokyo Motor Show prototype
January 1965 80 0810 preproduction test cars
May 1967 – July 1968 343 0810 Series I
July 1968 – September 1972 833 0813 Series II
Racing[edit]
In 1968, Mazda went racing with the Cosmo. They selected one of the most grueling tests in Europe to prove the reliability of the rotary engine, the 84-hour Marathon de la Route at the legendary Nürburgring circuit in Germany.[2] Two mostly stock Cosmos were entered, along with 58 other cars. One major change to the cars' 10A engines was the addition of a novel side- and peripheral-port intake system: A butterfly valve switched from the side to the peripheral port as RPMs increased. The engines were limited to 130 PS to improve durability.
The cars ran together in fourth and fifth place for most of the race, but the all-Japanese car was retired with axle damage in the 82nd hour. The other car, driven by Belgians, completed the race in fourth overall.[2] This was to be the only racing outing for the Cosmo—the next Mazda race car would be a Familia Rotary (R100).
Series I[edit]

1967 Mazda Cosmo L10A (Series I) rear view
The Series I/L10A Cosmo was powered by a 0810 two-rotor engine with 982 cc of displacement and produced about 110 hp (thus the 110 name). It used a Hitachi four-barrel carburetor and an odd ignition design—two spark plugs per chamber with dual distributors. A four-speed manual transmission and 14-inch wheels were standard.
In Japan, the installation of a rotary engine gave Japanese buyers a financial advantage when it came time to pay the annual road tax in that they bought a car that was more powerful than a traditional inline engine, but without having the penalty for having an engine in the higher above-one-litre tax bracket.
The front suspension was a coil-sprung double-wishbone design with an anti-roll bar. The rear used a leaf-sprung de Dion tube. Unassisted 10 inch (254 mm) disk brakes were found in front with 7.9 inches (201 mm) drum brakes in the rear. Performance in the quarter-mile (400 m) was 16.4 s, with a 115 mph (185 km/h) top speed. The price was lower than the Toyota 2000GT at 1.48 million yen (US$4,100).


(source; Wikipedia)

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