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Mitsuoka Reveals First Hearse Models, Rolls-Royce Similarity Is Uncanny

Mitsuoka Motors is somewhat famous for making a sportscar that looks like a bloated fish and several other models that resemble a classic Rolls-Royce. It also introduced a classic "British" sportscar based on the Mazda MX-5 NC and now it has something extra-special for when you kick the bucket.
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I don't know about you guys, but this car pundit always wanted to make his last journey inside some sort of Rolls-Royce shooting brake. But unless I somehow win the lottery right before choking on tire fumes, that's not going to happen.

All jokes aside, this is a very real car from a Japanese automaker that wants to play in the hearse export market. As far as we can tell, there are two slightly different versions in this photo gallery.

The first is called the Mitsuoka Type 5. One derivative is called the Overhang Stretch and has 400mm added to the rear, plus a new roof to accommodate a casket. It measures 5,360 ×1,830 ×1,700mm (length × width × height).

Besides this model, Mitsuoka also sells the Type 5 "Center Stretch," with exactly 1.2 meters added to its wheelbase in addition to the bigger back end. That makes the Type 5 an absurd 6,560mm long. As far as we can tell, the Type V is based on a Corolla and comes with a 1.8-liter engine. How the heck is it going to move?

As you may have noticed from our photo gallery, there's a third hearse that looks slightly different, and we're not just talking about the black paint. Unfortunately, we can't tell you what it's called, since Google says it's the "Liu Formic Center Stretch" and Babylon calls it the "Ryu-Gi Center Stretch," which sounds a little better.

This car features a 600mm extension of the wheelbase and a very nice roof design. Several powertrains are available, including a 1.5, a 1.8 and one with hybrid drive. Some models even have a third seat installed right next to the casket, which is either very creepy or very thoughtful.

 
 
 
 
 

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