Car Feature>> Bosozoku Styled Celica

After all the new school cars we've been featuring on Speedhunters, I found this Toyota Celica in true Bosozoku style. This car caught my attention a while ago, but I knew it would be a great addition to this month's theme. This Celica was build in 1975 for the Australian market but after Alfonzo, the owner, picked it up back in 2006 he transformed the car into this midnight crawler. It wouldn't be out of place during one of the many midnight meetings at Daikoku Futo.

He bought the car as a bare shell for a mere 100 Australian dollars because he was looking for a shell for a 2jzgte engine conversion. After some research he decided to stick with the 2T-G engine. He began to rebuild the engine with parts sourced from Japan.

In the opening picture you can see  two oil coolers, at first I thought "why" too but Alfonzo explained to me that the one on the outside isn't allowed in Australia. So for daily driving he has the one behind the grill and for shows he installs the other one for that true Bosozoku style.

The plan was to restore the car to its former glory, so Alfonzo send the shell together with new body panels to get them sandblasted. After they returned it was time to choose a color, at first he was thinking yellow but soon changed his mind and went with black. As time went by it became more than just a restoration. The car slowly started to look more like a Bosozoku style car from the 1970's.

Sometimes it's hard to explain to somebody why a certain car fits into a style. With Bosozoku style cars it's much easier, they all have enlarged fenders and extra wide wheels. The arch extensions came from Toycool have a hard time covering the SSR wheels.

I really like the look of the mismatched wheels, they add a lot of character to the car. At the front, we have a set of SSR MK2 14"x10 -38 with 5mm spacers and in the back we have SSR MK1 14"x11 -38. The wheels are wrapped in Toyo T1R 225/40 tires all round. But we all know it doesn't stop with a good set of wheels, you also need a serious drop.

Alfonzo modified Toyota corona XT130 front struts and used them with SW20 KYB AGX rear shocks and a Koni coilover kit to achieve the perfect stance.

The brakes have also been upgraded with Peugeot 604 vented front discs and Hilux 4 pot calipers. That's a combination I would have never thought off!

I love this shot taken by Mitchell Mathieson. Check out the tram holding device inside the car.

The engine has been fully restored and modified with a plethora of parts. I will share the complete spec list with you guys.

  • 2T-G
  • 88260 Yamaha Head
  • Match ported
  • Redline manifold ported
  • 45mm Webers x 2
  • Ram tubes
  • Custom 4-2-1 headers
  • RR4 double valve springs
  • Dokuro Japanese in/ex valves
  • 255 degree @ 0.050" Wade intake camshaft
  • 255 degree @ 0.050" Wade exhaust camshaft
  • Thundercords 8.5mm ignition leads
  • Kameari adjustable sliding cam sprockets in/ex
  • Kameari timing chain idle sprocket
  • Kameari Gear Drive
  • Kameari 90mm bore 0.8mm 3 layer metal head gasket
  • Kameari oil filter sandwich plate
  • Decked block 0.010"
  • Shaved head 0.010"
  • 2T 8101751 block
  • 89mm Arias Forged pistons 10.5:1 compression
  • Eagle rods
  • 3T-GTE 78mm stroke crankshaft.
  • BRD high volume oil pump
  • Baffled sump
  • Moroso windage tray
  • Facet electric fuel pump
  • regulated 2.5psi of fuel
  • heat separator
  • triple core radiator
  • MSD 6AL-2 two step rev limit
  • MSD Blaster SS coil
  • 4.2kg Agawa Engineering Racing flywheel.
  • BRD 4 puck clutch plate
  • BRD pressure plate

This wasn't just a simple overhaul. Some serious work has been done to the engine. The 2T-G engine came from his other Celica, he also bought one for spare parts but that engine was also in a very good condition. So he decided to rebuild them both. So now he has two perfectly working 2T-G engines.

Inside we see a more or less standard interior. The typical creature comforts are still in place, although Alfonzo did replace the stock dash with one from a GT version.

This is how the car looks when Alfonzo drives the car. He even got the exclusive racing jacket installed, in fact he has three. They come transparent but one of them is painted black as you can see in the picture. The real TRD items can be found for around 1000 dollar on Yahoo auctions.

-Jeroen Willemsen

Thanks to Modena Photography for the use of his pictures



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This really, really makes me want a first gen Celica.


Nice ride Like the old school ooks


AT least it doesn't have those stupid organ-pipe exhaust! very nice car.


Holy crap...classic. I love this thing!



sexiest first gen celica i've seen in a while.


Where can I get hold of a tsurikawa (the subway handle) outside of japan! Ive been struggling for a long time trying to find a source, and i cant go to japan haha.

Really awesome car, nice to see a feature on it at last.


Nice choice of parts. It takes some work to source parts for these cars. Mismatched wheels looks cool, especially with the SSR MKI & II's. I'm used to the front oil cooler on Skyline KPGC10's, so why not for TA22 Celica's?


cool and yet restrained, like it alot good some classics are featuring this month and i like the TA22 celica anyway.I also like the fact he uses it everyday.


This is what I called it....Japanese muscle car... b^^d


i LoVe the way this car looks....especially the front end


Old skool rulz!


Wow! I'm starting to really like the Bosozoku style! That car is perfect! I love it!


Fuck 1st Gen Celi's rule. They only got worse tho, kinda like Mustangs.


Love it. 2 rebuilt 2T-G's? Geez, livin' the OG Toyota Life! :) ha ha


This car is rad. I have liked these since they came out.


great to see an aussie built car on speedhunters. complete bonus that it's just so damn sick,


Desktop please


These pics are so last year. Don't get me wrong, I love the car (sans non-functional oil cooler), but I rely on speedhunters to bring me new and cutting edge stuff that I want to see. I think they should change the name from Speedhunters to Speedtakingpicsfromothersitesfromlastyear.



Pretty sure this is new content to most people outside of Australia bro


So, so beautiful. Great feature!


Good to see an aussie featured here :-)



car looks good, but the oil cooler being fake? jeez

bit stupid imo


one of my all time favorite cars, simple, restrained in its approach with some well thought out, wild and quirky details that help to set it apart and give it bags character. i think black was a winning colour choice, yellow would have been too brash and bold. all credit to the cool car.


Maybe both oil coolers work? maybe what the author meant was that for daily driving the owner uses the one behind the grill.... and for autoshows, the owner swaps out the one behind the grill and puts on the other one (still being functional). Maybe Jeroen, the author can elaborate more.....


damn thats a tastefully done celica wheel fitment looks good everytime i see a first gen i wonder why toyota decided to go fwd with the celica


@Seven and jonhny - both the oilcoolers are functional, only thing is that in Australia there is a law you can't have these outside coolers on your car.


I first saw this Celica on 4chan (I know, I know) and fell in love with it immediately. Thanks for featuring it, it's awesome to see more of this car.


Omg, Its looks so freakin' hot !


its nowhere near bosozoku. its just an old-school celica done right. theres no outlandish exhaust or exxessive camber. its just simple and sweet.


2T POWERRR!!!!!!!


Last and first pic for wallpaper PLEASE


Met this guy earlier this year, I have some more pics of his car, got some with epic dish.


like a japanese camaro


This car is totaly diff to what is shown now it now features lots of carbon new rims it is now green but still a very nice car


good to see fonzys car on here.

its simply quite stunning in real life and the amount of custom work hes put into it takes it a notch above


Loving the way it looks in these pics but would love to see it in its current state...


We still need to post up some images of this amazing Celica on Bosozoku Style!

@oli : at bosozoku style we're trying to find a supplier outside Japan for the tsurikawa but it is very very hard to find anyone offering them for a reasonable price...


just had an accident in my pants


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This weekend Speedhunter Jeroen Willemsen featured an Australian bosoz


It looks waay better without that external oil cooler. Heck, I wouldn't even mind the external cooler if the freaking hoses didn't stick out half a meter in front of the car.


Is currently rocking carbonfibre doors, boot and bonnet..

Auszoku for the win!

YJP for tsurikawa is a good start.


This thing is hot....


Know the car and know Fonzy. It's always a treat to see it with all the other classic Celicas on the cruises and car shows. Love ya car, Fonz.


Love it! Love the mirrors a lot!


this car is hotttttt. wish i owned it!!!


0 comments on 2009 post? strange.. because very good looking celica imo. I wonder how much hp that engine makes with those modifications?