Yeah, I’m seeing it, you’re seeing it, we are all seeing it together. That is, depending on how you view things, either a tribute to or a rip-off of a C2 Corvette, one of the most stunningly gorgeous cars that GM has ever dreamed up. Here’s the sad part, though: it’s a Miata. No, really. A Japanese company called Mitsuoka, one better known for it’s Orochi sports car, does these kinds of things: they take a pre-existing car, usually a Nissan product, add their own styling flair, and sell just a few copies. So while you have a Mazda MX-5 underneath that body, you have a Mitsuoka Rock Star above for the world to see.
No, seriously…they called it the “rock star”. Well…look at the real Corvette again. They aren’t wrong, are they?
Mitsuoka is going to crank out fifty of these at a cost that translates to about $42,000. That gets you stock Miata running gear (1.5L four, 129 horsepower) and the C2-aping shape…if you live in Japan. We understand why they would go for a Sting Ray look, but to us, this smacks of the Pontiac Mera, or any other Fiero-meets-fiberglass kit car you’ve seen. There’s just enough “wrong” with this that it doesn’t really work. Unless you made a few calls and LS-swapped it…and that can be done…then we have to call this one a travesty. But that’s just us…what do you think? Honest admiration or not?