Mazda Cosmo, the world’s first car with Wankel engine, is on display at Toyota Automobile Museum in Nagakute City near Nagoya.
Mazda Cosmo, which went on sale in 1967, was the first mass-produced Wankel engined car in the world. Strictly speaking, NSU Wankel-Spider manufactured in 1964 was the first in the world, however this model didn’t deserve the first mass-produced car because the epoch-making engine of the car had many mechanical problems. Mazda’s car, in reality, was the first.
Accordingly, the name of Mazda had become a synonym for Wankel engine.
Mazda strived to improve the incomplete Wankel engine which was originated in Germany for seven years and finally reached the perfection.
Many car makers in the world have given up the practical use of this new device, while only Mazda has kept manufacturing the cars with Wankel engine.
Mazda, however announced that it will discontinue production in the near future, which will lead to the extinction of this type of car in the world.
The first picture shows the early stage model of Cosmo on display at Toyota Automobile Museum and the second picture, the external appearance of the museum.
By Masahisa Takaki.