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Mitsuoka Motors (光岡自動車) is a small Japanese automobile company. It is noted for building unique cars with unconventional styling, some of which imitate British vehicles of the 1950s and 1960s. 

It is primarily a coachbuilder, taking production cars, like the Nissan March, and replacing various aspects of the bodywork with its own custom designs. It has also produced a sports car, the Orochi. Mitsuoka Motors is also the principal distributor of retro-classic TD2000 roadster in Japan. Mitsuoka was recognised in 1996 as the 10th Japanese auto manufacturer to be registered in Japan since Honda in 1963. It bases its current cars on Nissans and other Japanese car manufacturers. Mitsuoka Motor has a sales outlet in England and is soon to launch the Mitsuoka Roadster (Himiko) in the UK which is based on the Mazda Roadster.


Public company
Industry Automobile manufacturing
Founded February 1, 1968
Headquarters 508-3, Kakeomachi, Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture,Japan

Key people

Susumu Mitsuoka is the founder and Chairman of Mitsuoka Motor. Akio Mitsuoka (Representative Director and President)
Website Mitsuoka Motors


Current lineup

  • Himiko
  • Ryugi
  • Viewt

Past vehicles

  • BUBU 50 Series (a series of three-wheeled microcars)
  • BUBU 356 Speedster (a copy of the Porsche 356 Speedster)
  • Convoy 88
  • Dore
  • Galue
  • Galue 204
  • Le-Seyde (a Nissan Silvia-based coupé in the spirit of the Zimmer)
  • Like
  • Microcar K-1
  • Microcar K-2 based on the design of the FMR Tg500
  • Microcar K-3
  • Microcar K-4
  • Nouera
  • Orochi
  • Ray
  • Ray II
  • Ray III (similar to the Riley Elf Mk.3)
  • Mitsuoka Ryoga - 1998-2004, a "classically" styled sedan originally based on the Primera and later on the smaller Sunny.
  • Type F (a restyled Zero1)
  • Yuga (a London Taxi copy)
  • Zero1 (a Lotus Super Seven copy with Eunos Roadster drivetrain)