In the history of the car industry, Japanese sports cars have a special place. The combination of innovative engineering, lightweight construction, and exceptional build quality proved winning a ticket and established Japan as the home of legendary sports cars. From the humble beginnings to today`s sports car giants, JDM philosophy gained respect for its achievements.
Whatever your car preferences are, you have to respect Japanese sports car models. They came from nowhere in the late `60s and soon established themselves as affordable but exciting models for every buyer. After that, the Japanese decided to attack well-known European makes and created serious performance machines which are now prized collector items. Today, we will present to you 20 best known and everlasting JDM classic sports cars you should know about.
1. Mazda 1100 Cosmo
Back in the `60s, the biggest news amongst the car engineers was the Wankel rotary engine. The innovative concept of a single piston engine which was far lighter and smaller than conventional units but with more power and revving capacity captivated the imagination of several major manufacturers. One of the first companies which were brave and confident enough to introduce such an engine in mass production was Mazda with its little sports coupe called 110 S Cosmo which debuted in 1967.
This was a sharp looking two-seater with modern design and tiny 982 cc engine with 110 or 130 HP in later versions. Since the car was extremely small and light, the performance was pretty vivid especially for the standards of the day.
Mazda 110 S Cosmo was imported to the USA but the reception was nonexistent. Mazda was a new name to the American customers and Wankel-powered two-seater for Corvette price was a hard thing to sell. That is why they only made around 1300 cars and left-hand examples are very rare today.