Are you tired of purported car shows that promise wrenching but end up being a collection of character tropes manufacturing drama while standing next to muscle cars? The answer is yes, we all are. That’s why this web series from Mazda Deutschland could be the most interesting car show on air right now. The format is instantly recognizable to anyone with a cable subscription — hosts pull a rusty heap out of a barn and restore it — except the car is a Mazda Cosmo Sport and everyone’s speaking German.
Only two episodes have aired thus far, but already it looks impressive. The subject car, a L10B long-wheelbase Cosmo Sport, appears to be an ex-race car. Our first thought was “OMG, what if it was one of the Marathon de la Route racers?” but then Dave noticed that it had a registration sticker from Japan affixed to the windshield.
The car comes from the collection of Walter Frey, a German Mazda importer who recently opened a Mazda museum. The car is very, very rusty, with body panels and floor boards that basically evaporate into a puff of red dust when grazed. It looks like an ambitious project for sure. Even if, like us, you don’t speak a syllable of German, it’s still enjoyable and can more or less be followed . We we’ll be watching to see how the restoration progresses. See the first two episodes above and episode three and the trailer below.