• Nov 5, 2009
Black Bison Toyota Alphard custom - Click above for high-res image gallery

Most Americans know very little of the Toyota Alphard and its Vellfire offshoot. It's basically one of Toyota's JDM minivans, although it's also frequently used as a limousine too. It's kind of funky and cool in a totally Japanese way. While we've gotten the moderately cool Previa in the States, that model was unfortunately followed up by the competent but forgettable Sienna. We've sadly never seen an Vellfire on these shores before, so you can imagine our surprise when we saw one right out front of the South Hall at SEMA.

It's kind of hard to recognize it in its current guise, but the Alphard is the van that Toyota has been using to study possible changes for its 2011 Sienna which will debut at the LA Auto Show next month. This particular Alphard, however, has apparently been through some type of transporter malfunction, having turned itself inside-out. That red exterior is actually leather, or possibly pleather. The "stickers" on the front fenders are actually stitched in too. We see ACC Inc., Air Bomber, Fat Moon, Rotora, Bellof, Forgiato, Wald, Proxes and Eskan, and that's as far as we managed to get before we had the inexplicable urge to go off in search of red velvet cake.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      "mini"vans have gotten much too large. There's a gap in the market for smaller size vans. The Mazda5 sells well, but it's not mass market because it's.... well... Mazda.

      If Toyota or Honda got into the miniminivan market the segment would take off.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      JDM Toyota FTW



      I Love this thing....especially when they give it the VIP treatment like this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "It's kind of funky and cool in a totally Japanese way."

      You mean like animated tentacle porn, television game shows where prizes are won for inflicting pain on a male contestant's genitals, or fish flavored hard candy? Because this thing is definitely THAT kind of Japanese cool.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Comment of the Day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      its a Vellfire not a Alphard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that's great! Brings back memories of our bi*chin' Previa from back in the day. Love the cushioned hood.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's the Japanese twin of the Ford Aerostar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugh....just threw up in my mouth a little bit. God that is awful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's got kind of an 'if the Aerostar continued to evolve' look to it, but also tackier than Christopher Lowell's sitting room...

      Meh...
      • 5 Years Ago
      its a 2011 family truckster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The web stitch work on the mirrors is kind of cool. At least these guys made something that stands out which is kind of hard to do at SEMA where everything is way over the top designs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Previa/Estima> Alphard/sienna
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is a true statement, but that van is a Toyota Vellfire, not an Alphard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Matte red is an AWESOME colour........ damn.
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