Remembering Japanese cars from the past

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Friday video: enjoy a ride in this Mazda Cosmo HB

Compared to yesterdays RX7 this bone stock Cosmo may look a bit dull. Outside Japan it was sold as the Mazda 929 with a 2 liter piston engine and the 929s from Germany and Switzerland are currently flooding the Netherlands, and this Cosmo HB does feature the Rotary Turbo!

You can also enjoy a Japanese cover of France Gall’s Poupee de cire, Poupee de son (actually Serge Gainsbourg wrote that for her) and imagine you are driving through the Japanese landscape yourself. A added benefit is that the whining rotary actually makes the song even more enjoyable! 😉

Commerical time: Mazda Luce Cosmo HB

This Luce Cosmo (HB platform) is placed in a Beverly Hills surrounding with an American license plate. I’ve seen this advertising trick more often with these old commercials. Were the Japanese thinking that when a car had an American license plate and a sunny Californian setting it would be with loved by the Americans? Or has Amercian approval? Or had American style?

For sure this Luce Cosmo never made it to the US at all!
And I love the Kossumoo! at the end! 🙂

Japanese rustoseums (part nineteen)

What is the chance you find two Mazda Cosmos together? One out of a billion?

So what is the chance you will see seven together?
Mazda Cosmo scrapyard
Mazda Cosmo scrapyard

I thought the Cosmo rustoseum photo I posted a year ago (mother of all rustoseum posts!) was a single incident, but apparently there were more!

According to the photographer, Komin, there were about 10 Cosmo wrecks. Only 1,519 Cosmos were (hand)built by Mazda, so imagine what this Cosmo scrapyard could possibly be worth for a collector/restorer!

Hat tip to Gred for finding this gem!
Picture originated from [Komin’s photo blog] (Check it out: very interesting and beautiful pictures!)

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