Wankel's Rotary engine found little following in Europe after the demise of NSU, but Mazda embraced the technology like RX-8 owners embrace 2-for-1 Castrol deals. Here's a 1960's educational animation from Mazda explaining why the rotary engine is an advancement on that old piston-powered buggy your grandma drives.
When an automaker builds a car named the Cosmo Big Run Genteel, you know they're going to make some good television advertisements. Yes, we're talking about Mazda here!
Roll up to the Playboy club in a Mazda Cosmo Big Run Genteel back in '83, and you'd be sure to get some special treatment from the bunnies.
When's the last time you saw one of these? This damn-near-perfect first-year Mazda Cosmo didn't go out on the track, but it did grab more attention than most of the quadrillion-dollar Ferraris, just sitting there parked.
Approximately two-thirds of you would rather reign in Hell with a '69 Citroën than with a '66 Renault R8 Gordini, according to yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll (we can assume that those who would serve in Heaven with a brand-new Lexus didn't vote). That's great, but what if you want to feel like a Yakuza soldier…
Hard to believe, but it's been forty years since Mazda started selling vehicles with rotary engines. Their marketers aren't trumpeting their pride over that milestone in the US of A, probably because the '67 models weren't sold here, but it's a different story in Japan. You can get a special 40th Anniversary Edition…
It really wasn't fair putting a British car up against a GM A-body in yesterday's Project Car Hell matchup, because the ready availability of A-body parts gives you too many escape hatches from Hell. In any case, the Esprit blasted the Olds by winning with a Nixon-versus-McGovern-esque landslide. Today we're going to…
So here we got this sultry babe glaring at the camera, and then she's driving this '80 Cosmo on the beach, and then she bites this flower and throws it away in disgust and it turns into a flurry of petals. We're a little puzzled, but hey- it's all about mystery when you're driving a Ca-Zoo-Mo!
Don't understand Japanese? No problemo- the two most important words in this Japanese ad are uttered in English: Rotary Engine! The early Cosmos were rare indeed, being built by hand and all, which is a damn shame- just look at that thing on the track!