NEWS: Hiroshima high schoolers restore a Mazda Cosmo Sport

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Think back a little…or a lot, what were you doing in high school? Going to band camp? Studying for the SAT? Slacking off? Or maybe restoring a Mazda Cosmo Sport? …wait what?! Turns out, if you were one of the eight lucky students at Hiroshima Technical High School, that’s exactly what you did this summer. 

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The project began by Mazda wanting to pass down its core spirit and philosophy to its younger generation of employees, twenty of whom volunteered to participate in the restoration of an L10A Cosmo Sport. A logical extension was to include the future practitioners of the craft of manufacturing. Invitations went out to the local high school, and eight teenagers might as well have won the lottery.

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This being a Japanese exercise, Mazda emphasized the “profundity of manufacturing” as something that can only be experienced through restoring a car such as the Cosmo Sport. After all, this car epitomizes Mazda’s innovative and challenging spirit, not to mention the skyrocketing profile of classic Japanese automobiles.

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No details were overlooked as the students were first put through lectures before breaking down the car into parts laid out in an orderly, model kit-like manner. Parts were then examined for their condition and measured, one by one — aided by Mazda’s own documents — cleaning or exchanging as necessary. The goal was to restore the car to the state it was in as it emerged from the factory nearly fifty years ago.

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Besides instilling a sense of Mazda’s identity into its current and perhaps future employees, this was also part of Mazda’s heritage initiative in recognizing the roots and influences of the Hiroshima people. Suffice it to say, the students had a wonderful experience for their summer vacation. The restoration remains ongoing, and we’ll bring you updates as they become available.

What did you do this summer?

Photos courtesy of Mazda.

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16 Responses to NEWS: Hiroshima high schoolers restore a Mazda Cosmo Sport

  1. Nakazoto said:

    Weirdly, during this summer, I was restoring a Mazda Cosmo Sport.

  2. Nigel said:

    Two years of auto shop back in high school. And nothing like this.

  3. Madis said:

    i did my fc3s

  4. Mister K said:

    Anticipate a shōnen manga version of this?

  5. xs10shl said:

    I’m going to call the local automotive college and ask them if they want to restore one of my cars. . .
    . . .

  6. Toyotageek said:

    Filing this under: Just another reason why I love Japan

  7. daniel guzman said:

    One more reason to respect and Mazda engineers, for me represent the true spirit of innovation in the 60’s when they started out to conquer the world. Perhaps many companies lost their roots and be different.

    • VincenzoL said:

      Agreed. I think all manufactures have their winners and losers but not as many are willing to take anywhere near the gambles that Mazda does. I enjoy that spirit of following a different path. The only other Japanese car maker that even comes close was Subaru but even they have been playing it too safe lately and their offerings have become stale. Meanwhile little Mazda is just checking all the marks.

  8. Aaron Cake said:

    The second picture shows a Renesis iron. Did they not reinstall the 10A? Normally I’m not one for keeping originality for originalities sake and prefer a drivable, reliable vehicle. But in the case of a Cosmo Sport, putting in a Renesis seems somehow wrong. Then again perhaps the iron was just used as a training exercise.

    • Dave Yuan said:

      Wow, eagle-eyed reader!

      That does look like the classroom portion of the exercise and that they’re being trained to do the measurements, etc.

      • j_tso said:

        That’s what I’m thinking too. It does take some practice to get a feel for using a dial indicator and (ahem) feeler gauges. It took me a few tries to get a micrometer to click correctly.

        Might as well feel what a correct reading is on a clean iron than an old one that will have the wear marks and a lot of pitting.

  9. Kev said:

    I started a 1967 Suzuki motorcycle engine for the first time in at least 35 years. Restoration continues…Also bought an EF civic 😉

  10. VincenzoL said:

    Wow, beats my HS years by a longshot. Best part of this is hopefully after the car is completed Mazda will have converted some youngsters over to the rotary world and even better they might become lifelong gearheads.

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