Toyota Alphard Welcab 20 series

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1973 Toyota Celica GTV

Just a quick note to thank you for your service with this car and how easy and painless the whole thing was. The car is an excellent starting point for a restoration with most of the hard work already done and very little rust discovered. It must be rare over here as I had to get Shannon's to add the model to their listing!

- Peter H Sydney, Australia 1973 Toyota Celica GTV


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Toyota Alphard / Vellfire welcab (20 series)

The Toyota Alphard and Vellfire were released in Japan in 2008. The Alphard and Vellfire are effectively the same vehicle with slightly different styling such as the front headlights, grill and bumpers, and there are different interior trims offered. They are under the surface identical. Under our current import laws the 20 series Alphards and Vellfires can only be imported as welcabs (wheelchair accessibility vehicles), or as a regular, non-welcab version if it is the hybrid variant. More info on the hybrid models can be seen here.

The non hybrid Alphards and Vellfires come in either a 2.4L engine with 125kW and 7 speed CVT transmission for improved fuel economy, or 3.5L engine with 6 speed automatic.

Below is a list of standard and optional features on the welcab versions, the welcabs were sold with slightly lower luxury specs than some of the higher end versions, if you want a top spec luxury model please look at the Alphard / Vellfire hybrid instead.

Features on welcab models can include:

  • Multiple airbags
  • ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic Braking Distribution
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Dual sunroofs
  • Smart key
  • Push button start
  • Dual power doors
  • Front and rear parking cameras
  • Cruise control
  • Parking sensors
  • CD player/stacker
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Front and rear fold down display screen
  • Split folding rear chairs
  • Power tailgate

Due to quirks with our import laws the non hybrid Alphard and Vellfire are only importable if it has wheelchair access/mobility features, however if you want one for regular passenger use this is still possible, with the side lift up chair variants being just like a regular passenger van but with a slightly bulkier base to the seat that is not particularly noticeable.

  • I want an Alphard/Vellfire as a regular passenger vehicle and don't care about wheelchair access features.

    In this case a front or second row powered side lift up chair is recommended. With the chair in its normal position it is just like a regular seat with a slightly larger base being the only difference between this model and a regular one. Alternatively, you can consider the more expensive hybrid version as it is importable as a regular, non-welcab model.


  • I want an Alphard/Vellfire to be used as a disability vehicle with a power fold out seat for wheelchair access

    In this case there are variants available which feature a powered seat which folds out to wheelchair height outside of the car, and then back into the cabin in a normal seating position. The seat can either be part of the car meaning transfer from a wheelchair to the car seat is necessary, or a wheelchair which is designed to also be the car seat can be used. This power foldout seat can either occupy the front passenger seat (in an 8 seater configuration) or as the second row passenger side seat, in a 7 seater configuration.


  • I want an Alphard/Vellfire to be used as a disability vehicle with a sloped ramp for wheelchair access

    The factory Alphard/Vellfire sloper vehicles allow wheelchair access via the rear of the car with a power fold out ramp, and the rear suspension of the vehicle lowers on suspension airbags to reduce the ramp angle. Access from the rear can either be to the second row, passenger side seat's position where the wheel chair can then be locked in place, or the wheelchair can take the position where the third row of seats normally rests. With the ramp folded away the third row of seats can be folded down and used as per normal.


Any 2.4L or 3.5L model with factory (Toyota option) disability features are importable with either a front left side lifting chair, second row left side lifting chair, or folding "sloper" rear ramp access, with hydraulic suspension to ease the wheel chair ramp angle of access.


The details provided here may vary for each vehicle, and J-Spec makes no claims as to the accuracy of this information.