Ja­pan’s mod­ern clas­sic

Mit­suoka’s ode to the Jaguar Road­ster now also on sale in the UK

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

JA­PANESE recre­ator of Jaguar road­sters, Mit­suoka Mo­tor, will start sell­ing its clas­sic Mit­suoka Road­ster in Eng­land in June through T W White & Sons.

Founded in 1968 by Susumu Mit­suoka, Mit­suoka Mo­tor Com­pany is a unique Ja­panese Au­to­mo­bile man­u­fac­turer which, un­til re­cently, has been largely un­known out­side of Ja­pan.

Jen White, Mit­suoka project manager for T W White & Sons said: “The UK rep­re­sents one of the largest clas­sic car mar­kets in the world. The unique de­sign of the Mit­suoka Road­ster draws in­spi­ra­tion from the clas­sic Road­ster her­itage and com­bines this tra­di­tional styling with the lat­est state of the art tech­nol­ogy.

“We share in the phi­los­o­phy and pas­sion of Susumu Mit­suoka, and gen­uinely be­lieve that the Mit­suoka Road­ster can make a real im­pres­sion on those who want ex­clu­sive luxury — al­beit at a very com­pet­i­tive price,” White said.

The Mit­suoka Road­ster is avail­able with power re­tractable hard top, with man­ual or au­to­matic trans­mis­sion both for £53 800 (about R1 mil­lion be­fore im­port taxes). Metal­lic or Pearles­cent paint is an ad­di­tional R11 500.

Each Mit­suoka will still be hand­made in Toyama City, Ja­pan, where 45 skilled crafts­men work with their hands to blend tra­di­tional time­less beauty with state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy.

The coupe is pow­ered by a two-litre with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or sixspeed au­to­matic Pow­er­shift gear­box.

Rear-wheel drive with an ad­mirable high power-to-weight ra­tio, the Road­ster is fully equipped with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, ad­vanced safety fea­tures and mod­ern con­ve­niences. The hood open and closes in 12 sec­onds. Luxury heated leather seats and au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol air con­di­tion­ing are stan­dard. Ac­tive safety fea­tures in­clude four-wheel an­tilock brake sys­tem with elec­tronic brake force dis­tri­bu­tion, trac­tion con­trol and air bags.


Mit­suoka’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the clas­sic Jaguar is now sold out­side Ja­pan.

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