Mitsuoka Roadster: Miata with a Monocle

by John Thomas
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I really like the sporty Mazda MX-5. And I am a huge fan of the lines on the classic British Morgan Roadster. But Mitsuoka Motors of Japan’s new attempt to create a mash-up of the two leaves me a bit mystified.

The Mitsuoka Roadster (aka the Himiko), now on sale in Britain, is a convertible that comes in folding hard and soft top versions and is built on the 158hp MX-5 platform. Dropped onto it is a body that is Morgan-esque, but to me looks a lot more like a Honda S2000 that’s been stretched out a little too long and accessorized to give it a faux English gentleman vibe. In short, when you roll up in one, you may get odd WTF looks instead of envious glances.

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And then there is the issue of the price tag – approximately $82,000. There are tons cars out there in that price range that just blow this ride away in terms of both design and performance – for example, a new 350hp Porsche 911 costs about the same. But if you think this car will some day become a collector’s item and the value will significantly appreciate, have at it. I’ll be sure to toot my horn as I blow past you in my new $79,000 650hp Z06 Vette.

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