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AutoArt 1:18 Mazda Cosmo Sport

Reviewed by:   Rusty Hurley
     
  AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car
 
 
 

A bit odd. A bit unusual. Ask the man who owns one and Jay Leno will tell you he loves the thing. Here’s what he wrote in Popular Mechanics in 2006 about this strange little import.

“Back in the '60s, the rotary was considered an automotive novelty. So was the Cosmo. Chances are you've never even seen one. Very few made it to the United States. For one thing, the Cosmo was built for the Japanese market--that means righthand drive. I saw my first Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S at an auto show. The poor little Mazda Cosmo sat alone in a corner, with its strange rotary engine and styling that was a mixture of American and Italian with a few Japanese elements thrown in. I was fascinated by it.”

The Mazda Cosmo diecast may be the ultimate impulse buy: you never planned to own one, but it is such a charmer it’s hard to say no. It has a rear end that looks like it belongs on a Fiat or Alfa and a front end that appears to be the Porsche interpretation of a Studebaker Avanti. The total impression is maybe a reduced fat 1961 Thunderbird. It makes late AMC machinery look rather tame by comparison.

The odd bits that make up this car are magnificently modeled. So let’s make a list of the weird stuff, shall we?

  • The reverse opening front hood reveals the Wankel wonder. Sure those are dog leg hinges but they were on the original car. Note the stickers on the underside of the hood and air filter housing.
  • Curved arch for the front wheel wells and squared off rears.
  • Unusual chrome beveled rear view mirrors, the scoop chrome decoration where on a T-bird one might expect an opera window.
  • Car show touches like the license plate and rear window bar sticker
  • Open, raked gills on the front quarter-panels
  • A flanged speed wiper blade designed to reduce blade wind resistance and keep thee blade from rising off the windshield at high speeds.
  • An afterburner rear light array that’s exotic and useful.
  • Tired of trying to figure out what side of the car the gas fill is on? Apparently someone at Mazda engineering was, so the fuel fill is located north of the trunk smack dap in the middle of the car. And oh yes, it opens.
  • Boxy Clarion rear speakers that look aftermarket (but aren’t) on a quilted rear sundeck.
  • A dash with more toggle switches than a Cessna
  • The two tone interior with houndstooth seating areas.

    So, you might be asking yourself, what’s not unusual?

  • Lensing, chrome work and badging that’s first rate though this is the first time I’ve seen obvious bare metal foil on an AUTO art (the headlamp greenhouse bevels).
  • Soft seatbelts with delicate metal buckles
  • A sturdy wheel and tire combo
  • A red finish as fine as any AUTO art model I own
  • A chassis that’s molded more than it could be yet modeled better than most.

    I do have a couple of nitpicks. The sample model seemed to lack glue of sufficient adhesion…or perhaps they used the weak glue made famous by one George Costanza. In either case, there is a hairline gap between the bubble rear window and the top. Also the front grill cover was rattling around in the box – an easy fix with a dab of glue. Keep in mind it is a sample and sometimes we do get second quality pieces to work with so it is highly probable your model won’t have either issue.

    One issue it will have is AUTO art’s new boxing of Millenium line product which is to say they look like everything else AUTO art does under $150. They are in window boxes which are handsome and probably make a great impression at retail but are also a pain when it comes to extracting or storing the model. I slipped with the scissors at one point and cut some engine wiring – totally my fault for excitedly opening the model with tired hands and eyes after midnight – but it left me longing for the Styrofoam coffin bakery box presentation.

    But this sugar plum fairy of a car shouldn’t be degraded for packaging that happen to change with its production – it’s a real charmer, especially for anyone that remembers the early days of Mazda in the US. Take it away Jay:

    “When Mazda came to the States, it was with little economy cars. Their ads said "... and Mazdas go hhhmmm." In the ads Japanese guys were dressed like the Beatles and Japanese girls wore go-go boots and they were playing wild music and jumping up and down.”

    Well, I don’t have the Japanese girls around and the boys just don’t interest me, but this model certainly makes me smile and go “hhhmmm”

    (03/16/2009)
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      AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

    AutoArt 1:18  Mazda Cosmo Sport diecast car

     
     
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    Year: Color: Red
    Make: Mazda Code: AA75932
    Model: Cosmo Sport
    Regular Price: $136.95 Our Price: $124.95  Save $12.00 (9%) Points to Redeem: 1785
     


         
         

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