If you’re looking for a car with a rotary engine, your options are pretty limited. There are exceptions, but it’s basically just RX-7 and RX-8. They’re great for driving while working, but they’re also incredibly popular. Bring the RX-7 to nearly any Car and Coffee event, and you’ll likely see at least a few others. But an Eunos Cosmo S? That would really stand out.
This special Eunos Cosmo S 1991 currently for sale on Cars & Bid and appears to be in absolutely excellent condition. It is also quite rare, especially in the US, as it is only sold in Japan. While in production, Mazda produced only 8,875 units, most of which were powered by twin-turbo, twin-turbo engines. This one, however, has a more engaging and powerful three-rotor engine that makes 280 horsepower and 296 pound-feet of torque.
However, there is one downside and that is the fact that it has a four-speed automatic transmission. So it won’t give you the same sports car experience as a manual RX-7. But we say that’s fine. It’s not meant to be a sports car. It’s a big tourer. That said, this is the Cosmo S, so it comes with an upgraded sport suspension and should be more fun to drive than you might expect from an automatic Mazda.
Well, really, there are two downsides. It’s also right-hand drive, which can get annoying the next time you’re driving past. But you probably shouldn’t have eaten the rare classic Japanese burrito in the first place. Obviously, you can do whatever you want with your car, but this car is so well preserved, it would be a shame to spoil the interior with some butter sauce or a little salsa.
At the time of writing, there are still six days left for the auction and the top bid is just $15,000. But don’t be surprised if it goes much higher by the time the auction ends. It’s too cool to sell for less than the price of a basic Corolla.