Mitsuoka, famous for its old world styled Nissans and the child scaring Orochi, has unveiled the special edition Himiko roadster. Like the Orochi, the name Himiko has a story behind it.

Himiko is an ancient Shaman queen from ancient Japan who ruled over the people of Wa. She supposedly bewitched her people with magic and sorcery while ruling the country with assistance from her brother successfully. The designer of the car wanted to embody Himiko’s radiant beauty and dignity when combining the charm of classic car design with modern technology. The car is based on the Mazda MX-5’s platform with a stretched wheelbase.

Under that long bonnet is the MX-5’s 170 hp 2.0-litre engine mated to a five-speed manual or a 162 hp version of that unit with a six-speed auto. This special edition features a soft top, two-tone red and black colour scheme, leather upholstered interior and wood trim. While the exterior is uniquely styled, the cabin is pure MX-5. Production will be limited to 20 units, with each example costing US$56,500 in Japan.

Picture gallery after the jump.

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