Ye Olde Zokusha from the United Kingdom

Well it was only a matter of time. The cultural reach of the zokusha has extended to jolly old England. We saw a banzai flagged Lada last year, but never in our wildest dreams did we expect a turaichi shakotan Volvo 244 with sharknose, external oil cooler, and wild two-tone paint job. Interestingly, the old school Dunlop decal has managed to culturally circumnavigate the globe, returning home by way of Sumitomo

We can understand ‘zoku-ing a Volvo, its boxy sedan-ness a nod to popular bosozoku sleds like Toyota Mark IIs and Nissan Cedrics. Taking it one step farther is this flared Austin Princess with racing dam, round headlight conversion and deep barrel SSR MkIIIs.

Another Princess evolves the look even more with bizarro tailfins and waaaay-forward fender mirrors. If it weren’t for the sharknose and Longchamp XR-4s,  we might not even recognize it as a zokusha. Those crazy, crazy Brits… or (update!) have we been punked by shoppers of photo?

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13 Responses to Ye Olde Zokusha from the United Kingdom

  1. Tyler said:

    They look kind of Photoshop-y but I don’t care. They’re awesome. Time to shake up the establishment!

  2. Lukas said:

    They ARE photoshoped! lol

  3. Ljn71 said:

    I don’t care if they’re fake! I still love the idea of car culture-mixing.

  4. Nigel said:

    The Volvo is the most convincing.
    A 70′s saloon car with wide flares is not that strange in Britain.

  5. Cid_casterwick said:

    For being photoshops the first 2 are cool as hell lol.

  6. banpei said:

    I think the wheels should have been a giveaway that they were shopped: I can believe a volvo driving around on a set of SSR Mk Is, but a Princess on Mk IIIs or Longchamps? No way! :D

  7. Jun said:

    I would drive that Volvo.

  8. john said:

    At least the “kyusha” Ladas are real… :)

  9. sam said:

    wow, that volvo look awesome!

  10. Mike said:

    I love the Princess. I’ve always had a sick kind of soft spot for that model….. I

  11. I did the photoshop of the 244 as I have thought about it for a very long time hahaha