1969 Mazda Cosmo Sport 100S

Mazda acquired the license to build Wankel engines from NSU Motorenwerke (now Audi) in 1961, and began experimenting even before a prototype arrived from Germany. With its improved fuel economy, superior performance, and functional reliability, the Mazda rotary engine eventually bore little resemblance to its German counterpart. The Cosmo, Mazda’s futuristic handbuilt flagship, was introduced at the 1964 Tokyo Motor Show and began production in 1967 as the first massproduced two-rotor vehicle.