The Mitsuoka Himiko Is a Bizarro Miata-Based Retro Roadster

If you wanted your Miata to look more like 1950s Jaguar/Morgan, Mitsuoka has the car for you.

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Since 2008, Japanese automaker Mitsuoka has offered the Himiko, a Miata-based roadster styled like a bizarro cross between a Jaguar XK120 and a Morgan Plus 4. It was based on the third-generation Miata, the NC, but now Mitsuoka has a new version. Its newest Himiko is based on the current ND Miata, and it's just delightful.

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The new Himiko looks fairly similar to its predecessor, but it's actually shorter and wider than before. Its wheelbase has also been shortened significantly, but there are longer overhangs, giving Mitsuoka a greater opportunity to imbue the Himiko with mid-century style.

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The doors and folding fabric roof are all inherited from the Miata, as is the interior, though Mitsuoka fancied it up with lots of suede. Mechanically, it's identical to the 1.5-liter Miata that's offered in Japan and Europe, and both manual and automatic transmissions are available.

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Unfortunately, as Jalopnik's Jason Torchinsky points out, the Himiko is around 300 lbs heavier than a Miata, so it won't be quick. But, why do you want to go quickly in this car? This thing is all about being seen.

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Pricing for the Himiko starts at ¥4,978,800 ($46,500 at the time of writing), and climbs up to ¥5,983,200 ($56,000) for an automatic-transmission model with all the luxury features. Unfortunately, it'll only be offered in Japan, so don't expect to see them here anytime soon.


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