Mazda Cosmo Sport Japanese Police Car Diecast Model

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AutoArt  Mazda Cosmo Sport Japanese Police Car diecast car
  • Brand: AutoArt
  • Make: Mazda
  • Code: AA75935
  • Model: Cosmo Sport Japanese Police Car
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Note: Limited edition of 3,000 pieces

I'm often a bit leery of tudor sport coupe police car models. It looks like just another way of amortizing expensive tooling by producing a phantom variant. I did some hunting in cyberspace and came up with the exact car with the Hiroshima Prefecture Police livery. Evidently it's a well preserved vehicle still used as a parade car.

The car appears to be the rare Series ll Mazda Cosmo Sport by the larger grill and twin auxillary front vents although the one seemingly inaccuracy lies in the lack of lips surrounding those intakes. It was introduced in 1968. How rare? Jay Leno owns the only privately owned Series ll in the US (who else?). Only 6 were ever imported. It sported a 2 rotor rotary engine fed by a 4 bbl carburator. The ignition system was rather complex with twin distributors fed by twin coils with 2 plugs for each chamber. The Series ll also sported a longer wheelbase, 15" wheels 5 speed manual trans and power brakes.

AUTOart really gave this model some respect. There are all the classic quality, content, fit and finish you'd expect and even a few surprises like a functional fuel filler door. I was impressed with the roof mounted gumball machine which has its own parts count including separate chromed buckles, separate dome and mirrored light fixture.

The wipers are also quite detailed and the driver's side wiper has a clipped on metal deflector of some sort. The interior is really decent for the pricepoint. It has a nice die-cut metal 3 spoke steering wheel with faux wood grained rim. There's a police radio on the passenger side and the seats are accurately upholstered with metal buckles on the seatbelts.

This a numbered edition of 3000. Mine was oddly 009 for those that love low numbers. I don't know what I did to deserve that except get a very early release. Anyway this is a fantastic little model for those that collect police vehicles and like some of these, this one has been vetted.

-Rich Sufficool

  • Retail Price: $149.95
  • Our Price: $139.95
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