The Honda Civic Turned Into A Fake Dodge Challenger Is Going Into Production

the honda civic turned into a fake dodge challenger is going into production

Mitsuoka M55 Concept

Due to popular demand, the modern Civic with retro muscle car style will go on sale.

Coachbuilding is almost a lost art, but Japanese company Mitsuoka is trying to keep the magic alive. It has built some weird cars over the years, including a retro Miata that looked like a Morgan Aero 8 and a Jaguar XK120 had an affair. The most unconventional build in recent memory was this – the M55. Initially a concept, the fake muscle car is going into production.

Unveiled in November 2023 to celebrate Mitsuoka’s 55th anniversary, the quirky Dodge Challenger lookalike is actually a Honda Civic underneath its vintage body. In the months that have passed, the company has received more than 1,300 messages from people wanting to buy the contraption: “This was the first time for us to receive such passionate messages directly from so many people of all ages and both sexes.”

The M55 may be an acquired taste but we must give credit where it’s due. Mitsuoka certainly has imagination, and there are apparently enough people interested to warrant the development of a production model. This is more than just a comprehensive body kit since the headlights and taillights are also tailor-made, as is the front grille. The rear window louvers seem to take inspiration from a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1.

Mitsuoka reckons it won’t be able to build enough cars to meet demand because the conversion will take time since all necessary changes will be performed manually. Pricing has yet to be disclosed but given the extent of the modifications, it’s safe to say it won’t be cheap.

Keep It Weird, Mitsuoka:

    Source: Mitsuoka

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