Thursday, December 17, 2015

Relatively eXpensive: 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo

The Mazda RX-5 Cosmo was a Wankel powered competitor in the luxury coupe market, available in North America from 1976 through 1978.  It was available in a funky opera window equipped notchback (blech) but today's example is the sexy fastback version equipped with minilite style wheels.  Find this 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo offered for $10,500 near Los Angeles, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

The Cosmo was based on the Mazda Luce sedan platform and was therefore a much beefier car than the lightweight RX-7 that somewhat replaced it.  But the Cosmo was for owners who cared less about nailing apexes and more about cocktail waitresses -- it was a car the man's man. 

Under the hood in this Cosmo is a 1.3 liter 13B with a street port, headers and electronic ignition -- it should make a healthy buzz-saw sound and enough power to impress somebody. 

See another rotary powered classic for less?


  1. It makes sense this is a RX-5 but back in the day Cosmo was what this was known buy they did not sell alot of them here in the PNW as this was there flagship model saw more R-100 RX-2,RX-3, RX-4 and i owned a new RX-7 in 1979.

  2. It was the Mazda Monte Carlo.

    After the R100, the RX2, even the somewhat more gimmicky RX3 and RX4, it was a clanger.

    Though when you look around at present-day Japanese car comes off as gorgeous.

  3. Been an admirer since new and great to finally see one again.

  4. Had one but when the finances went for a loop had to sell it. Seeing those pics make me very desirous. Always remember the looks driving it in '89 and being asked if it was a new model.


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