Mitsuoka is famous for giving Japan’s domestic cars weird, retro automotive costumes. For decades, its most popular offerings were the Viewt, which transformed a Nissan March into a British saloon, and the Le Seyde, Japan’s own Excalibur or Zimmer built on a Silvia chassis. Now, the company has set its sights on an American icon, the Corvette Sting Ray, based on the current-generation Mazda Roadster (aka MX-5 Miata).
Called the Rock Star because ‘Murica, the roadster keeps all the Roadster’s running gear, including the 1.5-liter engine for the Japanese market. Body-wise, however, it is transformed into a 1963-67 Corvette Sting Ray convertible. While cars like the Viewt looked oddly grotesque, the Mazda’s naturally curvy fenders and hips make the Rock Star a surprisingly proportionate homage. Plus, the fact that the C2 Corvette was designed by Larry Shinoda, a Japanese American, and Peter Brock, founder of Datsun racing team BRE, makes this perhaps Mitsuoka’s most fitting creation to date. If you want one, you’ll have to move fast. It starts at nearly $42,000 and only 50 will be made.