The fascination with the Toyota Century is great, especially when it comes to the second generation. It was the company’s first and last car to come out of the factory with a majestic V12 engine. Since 1967, when the first model was launched, the limousine, only available in Japan, has been considered the flagship par excellence. It is not without reason that the Japanese emperor or Tenno is traveling in a century.
The second generation Century came out 30 years later and it too had a longer life cycle until 2018 when the current model was introduced. they all have a 1960s-style look in common. Just imagine if Mercedes were still building the classic 600.
As you’ve probably gathered, this is no ordinary second generation Century. The extra-long sedan unveiled at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon was modified by students from Nihon Automobile Technical College.
If the college’s name sounds familiar, that’s because the super-raised five-door Suzuki Jimny we reported on recently was also developed by NATS students. The not so small off-road vehicle was also presented at the TAS in Japan.
Ok, and what exactly is behind the Century? The students wanted to introduce the American lowrider look by adding hydraulic suspension and lengthening the body. Team leader Ruka Kurasaki said Japanese Nostalgic Car , the school agreed that his team was “only” allowed to fit 1,000 millimeters between axles. However, behind the back of management, they decided to increase the wheelbase by 1,400mm.
The end result is a Toyota Century measuring an impressive 6,654mm in length. For comparison: The longest passenger car currently being produced is the Rolls-Royce Phantom LWB with “only” 5,980 mm. The eight students had just 120 days to complete the construction and a relatively small budget of just under $9,000.
Unfortunately, they didn’t have the money to give the Century a facelift by taking the headlights, grille and bumper from the current generation of models. However, the students had enough money for a leather-lined, two-tone interior with a full bar and twin sunroofs, borrowed from the defunct Honda Airwave.
Speaking of which, the claret hue is also borrowed from another Honda, a CR-V, and has been paired with eye-catching gold accents in the form of metal flakes. And the roof is also covered with leather. The imposing Toyota Century, which rides on 15-inch wire-spoke wheels with a fifth wheel at the rear, won the title for best sedan at this year’s TAS.