• Oct 27th 2008 at 3:29PM
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Mitsuoka, that tiny Japanese manufacturer who makes the wonderfully wacky Orochi sea monster, has introduced its latest automotive mash-up, just in time to give us a Halloween fright. It is a derivative of the company's Galue III (the return of the shapeshifter) and is known as the Galue Limousine S50. This shouldn't be confused with the company's Galue 204 Toyota Corolla rebody, or the Galue Convertible, which is based on the Ford Mustang. Instead, this limo is based on the Infiniti M, but incorporates styling touches from such classic designs as the '94 Cadillac Fleetwood, the Rolls-Royce Phantom and the Apple iPhone. While that might not sound too offensive, trust us, it is.

Remember the classic Beetles with the R-R grilles? Imagine that on a new Infiniti M35. And out back, that gracefully curved rear has been amended with Caddy taillight protrusions. Where once stood a B-pillar, we now have a foot-wide panel that houses an oversized iPhone-like glass panel. Like the retro-classic Excaliburs of the '70s and '80s, Mitsuoka apparently feels people will like modern running gear hidden beneath "classic" British looks. Priced between 8,016,750 yen (68,600 euros at the exchange) for the 223-hp 250LX to 9,345,000 (80,000 euros) for the 313-hp 350LX 4WD, we think that's a lot of coin for a Frankencar like this. Heck, you could probably find a used Continental GT for about the same. You could even rebadge it as a Hyundai if it makes you feel better.


[Source: Mitsuoka via Autblog Spanish]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually think it's not that bad. Some interesting design cues. Better than some past Mitsuokas... I'd take this over a Maybach.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Has to be one of the ugliest vehicles I have ever seen. Had they put a new Acura grille on the front it would take the cake.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Send that nasty horse to the ga-lue factory!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hideous. The designer should do the honorable thing, and commit seppuku.
      • 6 Years Ago
      a Rolls/Cadi mishmash? best of both worlds eh?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh come on guys, you know it's really truly a beautiful car. I mean, just look at the styling influences: The headlights come from a Jeep Patriot, the body's a Toyota Camry, then they took the back end of a hearse and pinched it off at the end. Oh yeah, and then they added two lights underneath the main ones just in case the big lights break down. Truly a styling masterpiece.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, I meant the Compass, but both technically have round headlights. It's the Liberty you're thinking of, I'm pretty sure.

        But the Compass's headlights have the lights bulging from the hood, which reminded me of this car, and vice versa. My head just isn't working at full capacity today.
        • 6 Years Ago
        huh? The Patriot has square headlights...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not bad looking, it's just the grill ruins it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy Crap!! That is God-awful ugly... I can't believe something like that sells.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought adding old Cadillac taillights was for pickups in Truckin' magazine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does this remind anyone else of the 6000SUX?
      • 6 Years Ago
      A car for funeral home.
      • 6 Years Ago
      James May drove the Orochi and what I believe was the sedan version of the Galue on the last episode of this season's Top Gear. He rather liked the car - as Captain Slow put it, it's like listening to a tribute band that doesn't cost you much, the band knows they're not the real deal and knows that you know that as well and at the end of the evening you're just as drunk. That and it made him smile.
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