Mitsuoka Viewt

London Motor Show-goers asked: would you buy this ‘old’ new car?

Mitsuoka ViewtBuoyed by the attention it’s getting from importing the distinctive Mitsuoka Roadster, south east car dealer group TW White is asking London Motor Show visitors if they want more – a 1963 Jaguar Mk2 recreation based on a brand new Nissan Micra automatic.

Called the Mitsuoka Viewt, the remarkable modern-classic new car is on show for the first time at Battersea, with TW White chiefs canvassing opinions on the model with a view to imports beginning, if enough people want it, in early 2017.

Mitsuoka executives have even flown over specially to see the car on show and find out what show-goers think of it.

Mitsuoka Viewt

It’ll be a suitably high-spec car if it does go on sale here, with a standard automatic gearbox, leather interior and, as you can see, lashings of chrome. TW White will offer a full three-year warranty and even include three years’ free servicing.

But it won’t be cheap. Estimated on-the-road price is £27,000. You could buy an actual Jaguar for that – the new XE starts at £26,995.

But the all-aluminium Ian Callum-designed XE doesn’t look anywhere near as distinctive as this micro-sized Jaguar pastiche – you decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Indeed, you decide if you want one: if you do, TW White is listening and will happily take your order at the London Motor Show.

Don’t think it’s some new leftfield creation either: Mitsuoka has been building the Viewt since 1993 and has to date sold more than 15,000 of them…

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