The 1967 Mazda Cosmo usually comes up in the context of early rotary cars, but it really is simply a spectacular triumph of design regardless of its powerplant.

Picture Details:

  • Car(s): 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S
  • Location: Southern California
  • Photographer: Unknown
  • Camera: Nikon D2X

Don’t take my word for it – you can see a few more angles of the car in Mazda’s media archive and a very brief video too. Mazda also has a little rundown on the car’s history you can revisit if you’d like.

The short story is that the Japanese automaker started developing rotary engine tech in 1961, announced the Cosmo Sport at the 1964 Tokyo Motor Show, and finally offered it up for sale on May 30, 1967. “At the time, the Mazda Cosmo Sport was the only sports car of its kind, and sold around 30 units per month,” the automaker’s site states. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that these cars are extremely rare today.

Here’s a full-size upload of that smooth rear-quarter shot:

Image: Mazda