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Lot 39

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1967 Mazda Cosmo 110 Sport

SOLD $264,000

Estimate

$200,000 - $250,000

Chassis

L10A-10074

Car Highlights

A Superb Example of the First-Production Dual-Rotor,
Rotary-Engined Automobile
One of Just 343 Series 1 Cosmos
Extremely Rare in the US
Subject of a Four-Year, Photo-Documented, Concours Restoration
Likely the Finest Cosmo in Existence

Technical Specs

982 CC Dual-Rotor Wankel-Designed Rotary Engine
Hitachi 4-Barrel Carburetor
110 BHP at 7,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Front Disc and Rear-Drum Hydraulic Brakes
Independent Double-Wishbone with Coil-Spring Front Suspension
De Dion Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf-Spring Rear Suspension
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From a Private Northwest CollectionPaul and Pamela Kulikowski (acquired in 1989)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

In the mid-1960s, Japan’s Mazda car company sought a worthy showcase for their revolutionary Felix Wankel-designed dual rotor passenger-car engine; the Cosmo 110 Sport was the spectacular result. An attention-demanding Japanese sports car hand built to exacting standards, the Cosmo delivered Mazda to the world’s automotive stage. By the end of its six-year production run, just 1,519 were built, and Mazda was ready to enter the American market with a line of proven, reliable, rotary-engined production cars. Always intended as a low-production “halo” car, the Cosmo is remembered for its bold styling and independent character – even its name evoked the wide-eyed optimism of the space-age mindset of the time.

In 1989, this Cosmo 110 Sport was spotted tied to a trailer on a small car lot in Kofu City – about 60 miles west of Tokyo – by Paul Kulikowski, an American working in Japan. Fascinated by its design and finding it in sound overall condition, Mr. Kulikowski negotiated the purchase of the nearly complete and undamaged Cosmo along with a host of spare parts and shipped it home to America in a 20' sea container the following year. The futuristic prize was kept in storage another 15 years before its restoration was undertaken.

For its total refurbishment, Mr. Kulikowski and his wife Pam entrusted the rare Mazda to Glenn Roberts’ renowned Finishing Touch Restoration Services of Fountain Hills, Arizona, who then acquired the car prior to commencing restoration. Mr. Roberts, a Cosmo expert, is known for having restored another example for Mazda of Canada. In a process spanning four years, the Cosmo was restored to concours condition. The body shell was expertly prepared and painted in the original white, which was common to all early Cosmos, and the houndstooth upholstery was renewed to factory specifications. A precious group of extremely scarce, new old stock parts – gathered over a decade before – were used to ensure, that when completed, this Cosmo would place high among the world’s finest examples. An album containing 300 photos chronicles the fascinating job from start to finish. Additionally, a file of receipts, including importation documents and dynamometer test results, provides a further understanding of the scope of the restoration.

At the time of cataloguing, the Cosmo has had roughly 150 km added to its odometer since restoration and is truly stunning overall. Complete with a second set of period Bridgestone wheels and tires, a rare set of tools, manuals, and a whimsical factory brochure, this Cosmo 110 Sport is a concours-ready example of the car that helped raise the Mazda company to household-name status the world over. Its next caretaker may have the pleasure of debuting it at nearly any concours event.

OFFERED FROM A PRIVATE NORTHWEST COLLECTION

Gooding & Company is pleased to offer an exceptional group of low-production postwar sports cars from a visionary private northwest collection. This selection comprises some of the best-specified and finest examples extant of each model: a BMW 507, a Camaro Z/28, a Mazda Cosmo, and a Toyota 2000 GT. In addition to their impressive quality, these cars remain well-known, noteworthy examples.

The consignor’s passion for cars extends back to his childhood, and he still owns his mother and father’s 1956 Thunderbird, which they purchased new. Over the past couple of decades, the collection has grown in depth and scale, with an eye toward innovative design; and now encompasses unusual German, Italian, American, and Japanese sports cars, each meticulously chosen and exhaustively maintained at the highest level. Furthermore, many of the collection’s cars see both concours and driving use with regularity.

With the time and effort dedicated to acquiring and presenting each of these four cars, the presence of these automobiles at auction should be seen as a significant opportunity for an astute collector who shares the equal desire to own the very best.