The one-off model celebrates the brand's 50th anniversary.
If you want a Mazda MX-5 Miata that has been completely redesigned to resemble a C2 Chevrolet Corvette, then the only manufacturer you'd be able to approach is the obscure Mitsuoka. Unfortunately, this is a product that is only produced in right-hand drive, up until now. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the manufacturer has announced that it will be putting a left-hand drive model together.
As a plot twist, Mitsuoka has confirmed that it will only be making one of these cars which will be sold via a lottery system. To enter, you have to live in Japan which means we won't be seeing this special car state-side. The individual who wins will have to fork out around $86,000 for the one-off model which is quite a chunk more than the base Miata's price of $26,830.
The Mitsuoka Rock Star Only1 is the final symbol of the company's gratitude for the support it has received throughout its last five decades of business. During this same time, it has not been able to become as established as the likes of BMW M, but it certainly has garnered a niche fan base for itself. The Rock Star was limited to 200 units of which all cars were sold throughout its three-year production run.
For the commemorative model, the brand decided to put the steering wheel on the left side so that the one lucky owner can have a truly American experience. Ironically, the donor car was sourced from Canada and employs the standard naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a power output of 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission.
This is a change-up from the other 200 units that were only available with the downsized 1.5-liter four-cylinder motor which pushes 130 hp and 112 lb-ft. This output wasn't an issue for consumers as demand more than exceeded the initial decision to produce just 50 cars. In these, the customer was able to select their choice of a manual or automatic transmission.
In order to give the Miata a classical rock star feel, the entire body was redesigned with muscular panels and no shortage of chrome trimmings. As a finishing touch, a bold set of muscle car wheels with BF Goodrich tires were added into the mix. The company's retro-American product was such a hit that it followed this up with the Buddy which is a Toyota RAV4 dressed up as a Chevrolet K5 Blazer.