We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: The Toyota Century is a Japanese Rolls-Royce. It’s exclusive, comfortable, and beautifully hand-crafted by a group of extremely talented takumi. Toyota takes its Century so seriously that it allows only four people in the entire world to paint the sedans. So, why Tom’s Racing, a company that’s been working with Toyota for the better part of 45 years, would decide to make a body kit for the Century is beyond us.
You may have never heard of TOM’s Racing, but it’s essentially a tuning arm of Lexus and Toyota. Again, we repeat: That’s fine, but maybe don’t touch the Century, okay? We know, too late. TOM’s has already given the Toyota Century a full JDM VIP sedan makeover, tweaking or adding to the limousine’s front bumper, side skirts, and trunk spoiler. For reasons beyond our comprehension, TOM’s also added an exhaust system . . . never mind that the Century is a hybrid, nor is it intended to be loud. And the over-the-top chrome wheels do the Century no favors.
Nevertheless, TOM’s appears to have gotten Toyota to greenlight a 36-unit production run of these, um, things. In its more common iterations, the Century has been adopted as Japan’s state car, and the ruling family of Japan currently has five at their disposal, including a custom convertible. (That’s how you properly modify a Century, we say!) The noble Century has existed with dignity since 1967, and surely it will survive this flamboyant detour. But, boy, with its body kit and silly exhaust, the TOM’s creation really resembles a weirdly modded Chrysler 300 more than Japan’s rival to the world’s most luxurious sedans. Should you live in Japan and want one, TOM’s Racing wants $548,000 of your cash for the privilege. Maybe they’re just yankin’ our chain?