The Best Car in the World: Building the Toyota Century

My Toyota history goes deep: I bought a 1969 Corona sedan for $50 when I was 14, my daily driver today is a 1997 Lexus LS400 Coach Edition in jade green metallic and the most treasured car I’ve ever owned is a chopped, lowered, tuck-and-rolled, Carson-top-equipped ’69 Corona coupe. When I disassembled a gajillion-mile Lexus SC400 down to its tiniest components, I learned what quality overkill looks like firsthand. While I’ve had more silly fun driving, say, a Honda Civic or a Chevy Impala, I look at Toyota products when I want competence so thorough it scares me. The Century is the car Toyota builds, more or less by hand, to show the Japanese people what the company can do.