West Rats vs East Fungus: 1977 Mazda Cosmo vs 1966 Chevrolet Impala

If I learned anything from the entire PE coaching staff of my high school, it is that everything is a competition. There is no such thing as fun sport and everything ends in a collection of losers and one winner. Today we’ve got a simple face-off for you — pick the pile of parts that you’d rather restore from these two abandoned classics. Do you want a rat chewed 1977 Mazda Cosmo RX-5 for $4200 or a moldy 1966 Chevrolet Impala Coupe for $3900? Tip from Evan and Dascpcu.

First up is this 1977 Mazda Cosmo RX-5 offered for $4200 in Alpine, OR via craigslist. From the seller:

1977 Mazda Cosmo 13B

condition: fair
cylinders: other
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 50202
paint color: red
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: coupe

13B Rotary engine coupe.
This car was running well for a long time.
Small animals broke the wiring while not taking car due to health reasons.
Wiring is not complicated, but my strength and passion are lost and I will sell this car.
Need O/H engine,burning oil.
Original paint.
Bring Trailer.
Sat over 20years in barn.

Title in hand.
It seems driver side door linkage is out.
All lenses are perfect.
$4200 obo
☆Please just reply by E-MAIL to set up a time to meet.

If an oil burning Mazda isn’t your style, or you are afraid of rats, perhaps a long neglected Impala Coupe (or is this a hardtop…some classic American cars are difficult to determine coupe vs hardtop). Find this 1966 Chevrolet Impala offered for $3900 in Ft Myers, FL via craigslist.

From the seller:

66 Chevy Impala

fuel: gas
title status: clean
transmission: automatic

66 Chevy Impala project will need restored , has drive train but I have not had a chance to see if she runs . I have extra parts to restore on a separate deal

Which would you pick? East Coast fungus or West Coast rat? tips@dailyturismo.com