Japan - Mitsuoka, the renowned coach builder that has gained fame for turning standard Japanese cars into bespoke automobiles with a vintage zing, are at it again. This time their latest project is based on the latest generation Mazda MX-5.
Mitsuoka has turned the roadster into a smaller modern-day replica of the Chevrolet Corvette C2 and called it Rock Star - it even comes complete with chrome bumpers! Interestingly the MX-5’s dimensions allow it to assume the identity of a mini Corvette Stingray fairly easily, though Mitsuoka’s departure from mimicking British and European cars of yore did raise eyebrows when the Rock Star was revealed.
The Rock Star also signifies another milestone for Mitsuoka, its 50th anniversary with the auto maker announcing that it plans to produce only 50 such units initially. These colours include Los Angeles Blue, Chicago Red, New York Black, Cisco Orange, Washington White, and Arizona Yellow.
Mitsuoka has practically customised every bit of the MX-5 with only the doors and windscreen left untouched. Under the hood you get the same 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine sending power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.