Japan’s modern classic
Mitsuoka’s ode to the Jaguar Roadster now also on sale in the UK
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.