Popular Bosozoku cars: Toyota Mark II X3/X4

February 24, 2009 in Popular Bosozoku cars by banpei

This weeks highlight is the Toyota Mark II X3/X4. The bodystyle is very distinct and can easily be recognized between all other bosozoku cars. A good example is this really nice Shakotan style Mark II X3:
Shakotan style Toyota Mark II X3
Shakotan style Toyota Mark II X3

This Shakotan styled Mark II really shows how this almost stock car can be made very beautiful by simply adding two tone paint, a set of fat stretched tires and lowering the car till the ground.

The Mark II is a very popular model because it has very American styling, like the cokebottle lines and its grille and headlights are more British. This combination is ideal for the early 80s Granchan style.
Bosozoku style Toyota Mark II X4
Bosozoku style Toyota Mark II X4

This Bosozoku styled example has it all: extra wide fenders, big chin spoiler, oil cooler, changed (square) headlights and a very big wing on the trunk!


Bosozoku style Toyota Mark II X3

No headlights at all? Is that road-legal in Japan? Or are the headlights hidden somewhere? Then again: those big exhausts are not road-legal either…

Bosozoku style Toyota Mark II X3
This really shows how beautiful the Mark II rear can be with widened fenders, stretched tires and a big exhaust pointing high in the air.

The first Mark II was originally meant as a Corona model between the Crown and the normal Corona, hence the Mark II tag.
Factory stock Toyota Cressida MX41
Factory stock Toyota Cressida MX41

The X3 and X4 are the third generation of the Mark II (shouldn’t it be called Mark IV then? ;) ) and was sold as the Toyota Cressida overseas.

The difference between the X3 and the facelifted X4 are minor: only the grille and foglights are a tiny bit restyled. I couldn’t find a clear factory stock X3 picture, so you have to compare it with one of the Bosozoku styled cars. ;)

Factory stock Toyota Cressida MX41
Factory stock Toyota Cressida MX41

The Cressida’s and Mark II differ only in engines: the European version had the high performance 18R engine while the American version had the older 4M engine. In Japan they had a wide variety in engines: 1L, 1M, 4M, 16R, 18R, 21R, 3T, 13T.

Only the 4M and 18R are true worthy engines for this car: the 4M because it is a SOHC inline 6 and has a big displacement and gives a smooth ride. The 18R because it is a high performance DOCH inline 4 with fuel injection and creates a sporty ride.

The X3 and X4 had an A43DL 4-speed automatic optional. This automatic had an overdrive and an overdrive lockout. Nowadays this sounds not like a big deal with all those 7 and 8 speed automatics, but back then the overdrive lockout was a major improvement.

Personally I would love to own a 4 door X3/X4 myself as a daily driver and slam it to the ground shakotan style. ;)

[I posted this article earlier today on Bosozokustyle.com]