Right out of the gate I am going to refer you to this article on the 50th Anniversary of the Rotary Engine and Cosmo Sport over at Japanese Nostalgic Car that dropped today. It is a tremendous read, and will give you all you need on why this is a significant anniversary in the car world.
And with that background out there, it opens the door for me to showcase Tomica Limited Vintage’s contribution to the celebration, the stunning Mazda Cosmo Sport in 1/64:
That beauty, with one of the most unique and recognizable silhouettes in the auto world, is a perfectly scaled 1/64 model. And considering how small the real Cosmo Sport was, it isn’t very big. About the same size as, if not slightly smaller than, the TLV Porsche 911 above it in my display:
The Cosmo Sport, because of its looks and significance in Japanese car culture, has always been a TLV no-brainer, along with the Toyota 2000GT. It just makes sense that the best 1/64 maker in the world take it on. And they finally have.
But because the significance of the Cosmo is as much under the hood as it is on the outside, TLV did something they haven’t done before. They gave the car an opening hood, and put in a replica of the rotary engine.
My guess is TLV hasn’t done opening parts before because they can take away from the overall look of the models. TLV replicas are not toys, so opening parts is not something they will do, UNLESS of course the engine in the car is just as important as the car itself. With the Cosmo Sport, that is exactly the case.
The result is a stunner of a model, which isn’t a surprise coming from TLV. The significance makes this even more of a must have, and something I am stoked to have.