If disease ever took the shape of a car, I think it would look a bit like this poor, neglected Mazda Eunos Cosmo.
This is a Series JC “Eunos Cosmo” that was offered from 1990 to 1996. It was the top-of-the-line car of Mazda’s luxury-focused Eunos lineup. It came with either a twin-turbo 13B-RE or the legendary three-rotor 20B-REW engine. The 20B had 2 liters (1962 cc) of displacement, making it the largest capacity rotary sold by Mazda. It put out 300 HP (224 kW; 304 PS) and 403 N⋅m (297 lb-ft) of torque through a 4-speed automatic transmission. While it was speed-limited to 180 km/h (111.8 mph) due to Japanese regulations, the 20B-REW version could pull off a screaming 255 km/h (158.4 mph) if allowed to run free.
The interior looked like something out of a spaceship. The angled wrap-around dashboard, complete with its own infotainment screen and fake wood trim, gave a hint of earthly luxury to an otherwise out-of-this-world-looking car. Even the rear seats wrap around to meet the B pillar.
This particular example looks disgusting at first but if we ignore the authentic JDM bird poop on the outside, the interior is actually really clean. Even after Daniel broke the center console trim (which he later fixed), the car looked like it would clean up rather well. It’s even powered by the incredibly rare 20B! Daniel informed me that stamped onto the firewall is ‘JCESE’, which indicates it’s a Series-I (90–93) that is powered by the three-rotor 20B.
When it comes to barn finds, this is like a holy grail. It’s like finding a mint R34 just hanging out in a garage ’round the corner from your mate’s. I (and everyone else reading this, I’m sure) pray that someone rescues this gem and brings it back to life. It deserves to feel the pavement once more and fill the air with that sharp, three-rotor scream.