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Toyota Previa All-Trac 4x4 Wanderlust Special | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Toyota Previa All-Trac 4×4 | Wanderlust Van

Vanlife doesn’t only mean living and traveling in a van full-time. Most people actually just use for recreational purposes on the weekends and during their holidays. I found a picture of a 1990’s Toyota Previa All-trac and wondered if it would be possible to create a low-budget vehicle that has the ability to take you off-road to those remote hiking trails. After returning from the trail you could cook a meal, have a cold drink and sleep until the next morning. I removed the rear windows to make insulation easier and create room for storage. A body lift helps to tackle dirt tracks with more clearance and the light guards protect all four corners of the Previa. The bumpers have been shortened to improve approach and departure angles. And if you manage to get stuck, the winch will pull you out of trouble. Old school Wolfrace slot mags give it a that 1970’s vanlife touch and the roof rack provides storage for the spare tire and a couple of gas and water canisters. Add a CB-radio for those areas without cellphone reception and you’re set to go exploring. Happy hiking!

Toyota Previa All-Trac 4x4 Wanderlust Special | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Toyota FJ Cruiser 4x4 Panel Van Conversion Speedhunters Livery | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Toyota FJ Cruiser GSJ15W | 2-Door Panel Van Conversion

To be quite honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the Toyota FJ Cruiser styling. However, I appreciate the value for money this vehicle gives any aspiring off-roader. These are very capable vehicles and there are lots of aftermarket parts available to improve it. When Larry Chen of Speedhunters fame bought his manual transmission FJ and started posting his stunning pictures, I literally looked at it in a different light. When modified, it doesn’t look bad at all and I was wondering what I could do to make my vision stand out from all the other modified FJs out there.  Even though the design doesn’t naturally lend itself to being modified into a 2-door version,  I thought I’d give it a try. To keep one of the main design features of the FJ, I carried the door/roof line over to the concept and kept the two-tone paint scheme. The shorter wheelbase I first tried looked rather silly due to odd proportions and therefore I decided to keep the original. The resulting proportions hint at the equivalent Land Rover Defender 110. A meatier set of BF Goodrich tires on budget-friendly steel wheels called for alterations of the front bumper, even though a lift kit with coil springs was utilized. While at it, the rear bumper was also modified to improve the departure angle and because two spare tires are better than one, I mounted them Dakar or Baja 1000 style in the area formerly occupied by the trunk.

Toyota FJ Cruiser 4x4 Panel Van Conversion Speedhunters Livery | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Toyota Camry Wagon V20 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

Toyota Camry Wagon with Supra wheels

This might not be a surprise for regular VirtualModels visitors, but… I just love cars with straight lines. The design of 1980’s cars doesn’t need much tweaking at all to look awesome. A set of adjustable coilovers, a set of period correct wheels and low profile tires usually is enough. These ingredients easily give the vehicles a totally different appearance and character. In this case I used Toyota Supra wheels of the same vintage and a front air dam from the same car, modified to suit the proportions of the Toyota Camry Wagon (V20). I would so love to drive this lowered hauler as a daily!

Toyota Camry Wagon V20 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

Japanese Nostalgic Car feature Nissan Sunny B310 Shooting Break and Toyota Corolla E82

Japanese nostalgic cars features my photoshop chops

About three years ago, John Roper found my interpretation of a Nissan Sunny B310 Shooting Break and featured it on his famous blog Japanese Classic Car. We exchanged a couple of nice emails and I was really proud that my photoshop chop even inspired him to attempt such a conversion on a real car.

What I wasn’t aware of is that the very same John Roper also wrote an article on Japanese Classic Car about my photoshopped E82 Toyota Corolla.  I might have discovered the second article only last week, but hey… it’s never too late to say thank you!

To see more awesome classic and vintage Japanese vehicles, visit the Japanese Nostalgic Car homepage.

 

Toyota Corolla E80 5-door ZX EFI | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Toyota Corolla E80 5-Door ZX EFI

According to Toyota, 80% of all the Corollas sold in the last 20 years are still on the road. Not really hard to believe that it’s true. And you could probably buy the 5-door E80 Corolla somewhere in the world, if they’d re-invent it with my facelift as proposed here. I kept the basic bodywork and just changed subtle things such as the bumpers and side-skirts. The top has been chopped to get the proportions right and the body has been slammed over a set of old school 15″ wheels. Not convinced? Then think of it as the Prius predecessor that could have looked cool. 😉

Toyota Corolla E80 5-door ZX EFI | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Toyota Hiace H200 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Toyota Hiace H200 / Quantum with deep dish chrome steelies

The fifth generation Toyota Hiace is quite a boxy looking vehicle. Foiling cars in real life is quite common these days, so I did just that. Looks interesting, doesn’t it? It was then dropped over a set of deep dish steel wheels and a couple of chromed exhaust tips have been added. Oh, by the way: in South Africa this vehicle is called Toyota Quantum.

Toyota Hiace H200 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2010)