Not the most beautiful car in the world, the Toyota Century. In fact, it would not looked out of place parked in front of the Kremlin in the bad old days of the Cold War.

Its one redeeming feature is that, as far as I know, it is the only Japanese production car with a V12 engine, although it only puts out a lazy 276 horsepower. I just wonder what would happen if Japan had a cottage sports car industry like you find in the UK. I’m sure some bright spark would find a way to add a couple of turbos and shoe-horn this into a light chassis for some real fun. In the end, though, it must be one of the most frustrated engines in the world – doomed to spend its days trundling around in a glorified taxi.

Toyota Century

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