It’s really not as weird as it sounds

You may remember Japanese manufacturer Mitsuoka used to offer a Morgan-like vehicle based on an older Mazda MX-5 - its replacement ditches the Morgan theme for a classic Corvette Stingray theme and applies it to the latest Miata (which is also the best one in the series).

Mitsuoka Rock Star: Classic Corvette body over a new Mazda MX-5
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Called Mitsuoka Rock Star, it looks nothing like the Mazda that underpins it, from the outside. Its design owes everything to the Corvette C2, and were it not for those small, circular headlights (which look somewhat out of place), it is an ode to the original design’s greatness.

The body is all completely new and done in-house by Mitsuoka; all they keep from the original is the windscreen and the doors.

The interior is identical to that of the donor car - all they did, by the looks of it, was replace the Mazda logo on the steering wheel airbag cover with their own.

Mitsuoka will sell you the Rock Star with either of the two engines on offer in Japan (a 1.5-liter or a 2.0-liter) and on the larger of the two you can also specify an optional automatic gearbox. Performance should be on par with the Miata, but we don’t know if it’s any heavier than the donor.

Mitsuoka Rock Star: Classic Corvette body over a new Mazda MX-5
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In Japan, a Mitsuoka Rock Star is available from the equivalent of around $41,000, while the most expensive version is $46,100.

But what they should really be offering is this same vehicle, but with a V8 swap, something like what Flying Miatas is doing - that would really complete the package.

Mitsuoka Rock Star: Classic Corvette body over a new Mazda MX-5
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Further reading

2016 Mazda MX-5 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Mazda MX-5.

1963 - 1968 Chevrolet Corvette C2 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 1963-1968 Chevrolet Corvette.

2014 Mitsuoka Orochi Final Edition High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2014 Mitsuoka Orochi Final Edition.

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