There are lots of car models available in the market that look exotic and attract any type of gearhead. In Japan, you would see plenty of international and popular car brands such as Toyota and Honda, among others. These Japanese car companies are notable for their original, slick, and interesting coachbuilding or engine designs.
Not many people are aware of this, but there are actually some motor companies that take and redesign famous cars, giving them a new look. They also sometimes produce interesting new models that many conventional car companies could not think of in the first place. Mitsuoka is one such company.
Mitsuoka has gained a cult following since its inception. It has taken a few car models belonging to the famous Nissan and Toyota and relaunched them with retro-looking designs similar to that of some Western automobile manufacturers. Mitsuoka could be your supplier of vintage cars that are actually usable.
The company remodels cars such as the Nissan March and the Toyota Corolla, which are still in production today, and make them look like cars from the vintage era. That means you could drive a retro-looking, stylish car with an awesome build without compromising its performance or speed.
Mitsuoka, based in Toyama, is one of the fastest growing motor companies in Japan, as their models are gaining popularity among custom design lovers. Let’s have a look at some of the Mitsuoka models and the inspiration behind their designs!
One of Mitsuoka’s famous lines that got a lot of attention is the Galue Series, which has taken inspiration mainly from Nissan and Toyota. If you want to own a car that looks like the Bentley 8 or the Jaguar Mark 2, the Galue Series is what you should look for. For example, the new generation Galue 204 has the same outer body grilles as the Bentleys from before; however, it has the same interiors and engine as the Corolla Axio. Older models released under the Galue Series have all been inspired by Nissan’s lineup such as the Nissan Crew, the Nissan Cedric Y34, and the Nissan Fuga. After Mitsuoka’s makeover, you would not believe that these small passenger cars from Nissan look like epic sedan Bentleys.
If you are a fan of convertibles or open roof cars, look no further than Mitsuoka’s Galue Convertible, which was developed over the Ford Mustang and looks like one of the previous models namely the Galue III, and the Himiko Series, which mimics the popular roadsters from the post-war era such as the Jaguar XK120. The company is promoting their Himiko cars as wedding cars.
Mitsuoka also has a series of small hatchback cars, namely the Viewt Series, that look like the ’60s sensation Jaguar Mark 2 but run on the engine of the popular Nissan March.
If you are wondering about concept vehicles released by Mitsuoka, then the Orochi Series fit the bill perfectly, as there are spectacular limited edition cars like the Orochi Evangelion, which looks like something out of a mecha television show.
The Orochi cars are very expensive and were usually produced in very few numbers as they were mainly made for publicity purposes. However, these supercars are not entirely original as they were manufactured using the Honda Acura model. On top of that, they received severe backlash as the prices seemed exorbitant for a design that did not seem to attract as many people as expected. Despite being vulnerable to criticism, the Mitsuoka Orochi continues to be an outlier and of interest to specific groups of people.
Note, however, that Mitsuoka has stopped producing the Orochi Series since September 2014.
Do you want a car that draws attention as you rev through the streets? Mitsuoka is already generating billions of net income, and it surely is going to be much more popular across the globe with its unique models.