The Mazda RX-5 Cosmo was a Wankel powered competitor in the luxury coupe market, available in North America from 1976 through 1978. It was available in a funky opera window equipped notchback (blech) but today’s example is the sexy fastback version equipped with minilite style wheels. Find this 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo offered for $10,500 near Los Angeles, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The Cosmo was based on the Mazda Luce sedan platform and was therefore a much beefier car than the lightweight RX-7 that somewhat replaced it. But the Cosmo was for owners who cared less about nailing apexes and more about cocktail waitresses — it was a car the man’s man.
Under the hood in this Cosmo is a 1.3 liter 13B with a street port, headers and electronic ignition — it should make a healthy buzz-saw sound and enough power to impress somebody.
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