Car­son Chen


Classic Sports Car - - Letters -

One of the most ex­cit­ing cars in Pa­cific Grove made its way there via Carmel, where it picked up a class win at the Con­cours on the Av­enue the pre­vi­ous day. Car­son Chen’s 1967 Cosmo fits the Lit­tle Car Show brief per­fectly, with a 982cc ca­pac­ity and a wild de­sign rarely seen on the road. “I first gained an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Wankel ro­tary tech­nol­ogy af­ter buy­ing an RX-7 project to work on with my son,” says Chen. “Some­thing about this man­u­fac­turer and its in­no­va­tions cap­tured our imag­i­na­tion.” The lion’s share of Cos­mos re­main in Ja­pan, where Chen found his car: “I watched it for two and a half years, and was fi­nally able to bring it to the US last Oc­to­ber; 343 S1s were made and 12-16 are thought to sur­vive. Mine has been back to bare metal and re­painted, but the rest of the car is orig­i­nal.”

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