Mazda 110 S Cosmo
Back in the 60’s, the biggest news among the car engineers was the Wankel rotary engine. The innovative concepts of a single piston engine that was lighter and smaller than conventional units with more power and revving capacity captivated several major manufacturers. One of the first companies to introduce this engine in mass production was Mazda in 1967.
They put the Wankel rotary engine in their sports coupe, the 110 S Cosmo. This was a sharp looking two-seater with a modern design and a tiny 982 cc engine with 110 or 130 HP in later versions. Since the car was extremely small and light, the performance was vivid, especially for the standards of the day. They imported the Mazda 110 S Cosmo to the U.S., but the reception was nonexistent.
Mazda was a new name to the American customers, so the Wankel-powered two-seater for Corvette prices was hard to sell. That is why they only made around 1,300 cars. Also, those 110 S Cosmos with left-hand drive are rare today.