It was in the late fifties and the early sixties world's topmost automotive companies were in the race to develop a rotary engine, also known as 'Wankel' (named after a German engineer Felix Wankel, who first patented this). Be it Alfa Romeo or General Motors, Ford or Citroen, Nissan or Toyota all of them were in the race to make the first car with a rotary engine. Even Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce tried but all failed. There was only company that got it just right and it was Mazda, Japan.
The development of the rotary engine at Mazda began in 1961. Mazda proceeded to create a prototype and announced the same at the Tokyo Motor show in 1964. Visitors at the show disbelieved what they saw. Most had only this one opinion - 'the car is going to fly, not run.'
After perfecting the engine furthermore (because of a peculiar sound that came out while the engine was on run for longer periods. This problem was resolved by the engineers by developing few seals that were specially reinforced with aluminium and carbon materials) the engineers at Mazda introduced the rotary engine to the world. During all these 6 years the test engines were driven for nearly 695,000 kms.)
Mazda Cosmo Sport was launched with much fanfare in 1967. The car could do about 180 km/hr with her high powered engine. This car was the dream car for every sports car fan in Japan, then.
A rare collectible in metal.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base) and plexiglas hard-display case|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 3|