Japanese Automaker Mitsouoka Pays Tribute to C2 Corvettes with These Mazda Miata Conversions

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Japanese Automaker Mitsouoka Pays Tribute to C2 Corvettes with These Mazda Miata Conversions


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.

Japanese Automaker Mitsouoka Pays Tribute to C2 Corvette with These Mazda Miata Conversions

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.

Japanese Automaker Mitsouoka Pays Tribute to C2 Corvette with These Mazda Miata Conversions


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.


Source:
Mitsuoka-Motor.com

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  1. I really enjoy your take on America’s olny true flagship sports car as far as the Japanese building a Vette kit for there Mazda they seem to know probably the most artistic body style ever built to bad the kit wasn’t available here in the states. And if it was I would probably be cheaper to buy a real newer Vette then a copy with no guts

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