Friday, January 25, 2008

Mystery Car XXXI


EggsnGrits said...

Mistuoka Viewt.

EggsnGrits said...

Sorry, that should be Mitsouka.

Andy Rupert said...

I'm impressed. I wasn't thinking anyone would be familiar with that one. You are correct. It is a Mituoka Viewt. Here's their web site: Mitsuoka.

I would be interested in something like that if it were available in the US. One was being offered on Ebay a while back, but the laws governing importing such a car made me leery of the deal.

EggsnGrits said...

Yes, this is one of those completely random bits of information that is stuck in my head for a very random reason: I work for a Japanese company that is a supplier to many automakers, including Mitsuoka. I looked at the list, decided to Google them and found these great cars!

It may have changed, but importing one that's ten years old should be easier than a new one. Brokers do this all of the time, so you could theoretically find a broker than imports Japanese market cars and they could get you one.

The down sides are:
1. Right-hand drive. Japanese drive on the left. Island carmakers -- phew.
2. Parts and maintenance would be a pain. Not as bad as you'd expect since most of the drive train, etc. are purchased from other Japanese automakers. You'd find the Mitsubishi equivalent and go.
3. Quirky differences in gasoline. In Japan, they have fewer environmental laws that govern cars and gasoline, so the car may have to be de-tuned to use our lower octane gasoline.

EggsnGrits said...

Oh, and I think they're cool, too!!