1967 Pontiac GTO “Bosozoku” Is Japanese Domestic Muscle Dreaming

Given that the original Pontiac GTO is credited for popularizing the muscle car recipe as we knew it back in the 60s/70s, this is probably the last vehicle you’d expect to see used as a starting point for a Bosozoku build, even a virtual one. Nevertheless, we’ve recently developed a bit of a thing for what we like to call Japanese Domestic Muscle, so here we are, discussing this Japanese outlaw-style Poncho rendering.

Japan’s Bosozoku culture dates back to the 50s, when it was kickstarted by former WWII pilots that started introducing radical modifications to their motorcycles. However, as the OG bikers were replaced by younger generations in the 60s and the 70s, some of these activities turned violent, with the gangs even being linked to organized crime.

Fortunately, though, while the violent aspect of Bosozoku has largely disappeared, the extreme customization style has moved into popular culture, being adopted by certain car owners.

Sporting bamboo spear-like, overly long exhaust, and super-sized aero elements, Bosozoku machines are the built-not-bought-kind, with each vehicle exhibiting a unique appearance.

Well, you can easily spot the Bosozoku bits on this GTO, with Italian artist Calo (aka calo.3d) giving the slab of America the full works.

For one, even the model year is the most outlandish possible for a first-gen Pontiac GTO, since 1967 was the final year and saw the muscle being dialed up to 360 hp.

So, if you thought the production hood of the classic GTO is long, you should see this one, whose lunacy is only surpassed by the front splitter and… the boot lid extension that could be used for motorcycle jumps or the aiming-for-the-sky exhaust.

The said details almost make one overlook the widebody, even though the Watanabe wheels shod in stretched tires make sure that won’t be the case.

In terms of the RPM (real project in the making) Potential of this 3D work, most shops would probably steer clear of attempting such an extreme mashup, so it’s a 2/10 for this one.

Oh, and what better hue for such a customized ’67 GTO than the striking shade of red taking over our screen right now?



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