If a Mazda Miata ever got together with a 1967 Corvette, this might be their love child.
That’s right. A Japanese company named Mitsuoka has done a little in vitro fertilization and is building a limited run of 50 C2-inspired Corvette Sting Rays built on a Miata platform.
The cars apparently will also drive like a Miata, which based on what we’ve seen in the mainstream car magazines might not necessarily be a bad thing.
It’s also a cheaper way to get into a “new C2” without breaking the bank. The S trim is $41,784, while the upgraded S Special Package with an automatic transmission runs $46,199. (By the way, you can buy a new regular Miata starting at $25,295, but then you wouldn’t have a new “C2” in your driveway, either.)
While the cars do resemble a classic C2, they won’t have the power of the real thing. The Mitsuoka version, which is named Rock Star, has just 129 horsepower coming from its 1.5-liter Skyactiv 4-cylinder engine.
The cars come in six interesting colors: Los Angeles Blue, Chicago Red, New York Black, Cisco Orange, Washington White, and Arizona Yellow. Options include a colored soft top, white A-pillars and mirrors, leather seats, and specially designed wheels.
If you’re interested, you can apply to buy one online at this site: www.mitsuoka-motor.com/rock_star/. You might want to brush up on your Japanese, though, because the site is not done in English, other than a headline reading “50th Anniversary Special Model.”
What’s your take on this unusual version of a C2? We are partial to the rear view, though the projector headlights that mimic the Corvette’s flip-up headlights is an interesting update, too.
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