Vans from japan, yeah they are
often i have an urge to buy a van, like a previa, and i tell my friends this and they often look at me like 400 pieces of lego just pored out of my nose…”what the hell is wrong your you?”.
So I figured I’d educate you all on what this van thing is about for me.
In japan it’s a big thing, some call it part of VIP tuning or some “bippu” thing…but whatever.
My personal favorite is the toyota previa. it’s a great bread box, and it looks kinda weird to some, but it’s RWD, it had an available supercharged engine, and also had an available 5-spd manual transmission. In north america it had a solid rear axle, but in japan it had an independent rear suspension. the solid axle isn’t all bad, there are lsd rear ends to be had from the toyota trucks as well as disc rear ends. I say buy one super cheap, toss in some coilovers are maybe even air bag suspension, then combine the supercharged engine with the 5 speed, and a smaller pulley and some cool wheels and enjoy. it would be a great parts runner/roadtrip car.
Here are some pics of the previa:
This Black one is the coolest to me, a great example of CLEAN!
and here are a few of the honda odyssey, stream, and a couple nissan vans.
These last 3 white ones have that newer blocky look that going on and I really love it…too bad most of the vans we get here are soo different from the vans the automakers offer in japan.