Joining the Nissan Fairlady Z432 going across the block this year at Amelia Island is a 1968 Mazda 110S, which is the name for a Mazda Cosmo made for export. This car, as you may have noticed, is a rather unique shade of custom orange. Originally sold in the standard Swan White, it was repainted within the last year to its current hue for reasons unknown. The jury is still out on what the Bonhams “Give me originality or give me death!” crowd will think about the color, but the rotary engine-pioneering car itself is nothing to scoff at.
Hardcore Mazdafarians will notice that this happens to be the rarest of the Mazda L10 platform. Having been built in 1968, it was caught in the mid-model update making it a very rare “Series Middle” comprised of a Series I short wheelbase chassis and running gear, but adorned with the updated cosmetic features such as the larger air dam of the Series II.
Add to that the fact that it is a 110S built for export markets and you have what makes for an unbelievably low production number car, possibly in the single to low double digits.
The formula for buying classic cars is to find a car with low production numbers, a racing pedigree, and in the most sought after trim. With total production numbers south of 1,180, a history of chasing down Lancia Fulvias, and the market just becoming aware of these cars, the Cosmo is a sure bet to become a Blue Chip JNC.
Last year a Cosmo Sport sold for a cool $264,000 in Monterey, and just last month a significantly worse example fetched $110,000 in Scottsdale. If you have enough money sitting around to buy a decently sized midwest house and are in the market for a classic Mazda in an inexplicable shade of citrus, this may be the car for you. Bohnams’ Amelia Island auction begins March 12.
Did Mazda Cosmos ever come in anything other than white?
Very rarely, but all if not almost all for export were white. Note that it is the national racing heraldry color of Japan (like Red is for Italy and British Racing Green is to the UK)
I thought Japan’s racing color was white, like the Honda in F1.
Japan’s racing colors are White & Red (Red for the “Hinomaru”).
Like seen on the RA272 from 65:
CarlG and Ryan are correct, It did also come in red and silver while most were white. There were also at least one pre-production prototype painted in light blue and one in a silver-ish light green, both with contrasting roof/b-pillar.
The choice of this orange color is puzzling. Incidentally, there’s another one of these halfway-between-L10A/B cars in Europe, painted in a period green (tho I dunno if it was its original color). Could be a European thing.
> Could be a European thing.
Perhaps going for the Muira or Carrera vibe?
Maybe. Sports cars in Europe then were quite colorful. Maybe they had to do it to help sell the few Cosmos exported there?
i believe silver and red but those are rare
RHD, I wonder where it was exported to.
And I’m tipping from the colour, they always wished they had a TE27 Levin
That color is really going to hurt the owner at the auction. He should invest in about $10K bringing it back to the original color so that he won’t lose a potential tens of thousands when it hits the block.
I’m taking a guess here but I have seen a picture from the late 60’s at one of the European auto shows, the Mazda display had a Cosmo in Hershel Orange just like this one. I would be willing to bet that the owner saw that same photo and decided to paint the car orange. When I get home I’ll go through my computer and look for the photo so everyone can see it.
Mazda b2000 1963 how rare is it pick up is their any left in the UK if got a running one Dana South Afrika
Ours is white. It was painted white originally and from what we can tell it was repainted origin white.