There are few better examples of excess in the 80’s and 90’s than the limousine. Toyota created the Century sedan decades prior, but didn’t make the stretched model until Japan’s economy bubble of the late 80s. Japan was experiencing unparalleled prosperity at the time, and had swapped their previous identity of an earnest, austere society for an opulent and flashy counterpart.
Americans have been bitter for decades – we’ve been hosed time and time again when it comes to foreign automobiles. The strict laws our senators have deemed necessary have prevented us from purchasing seemingly everything desirable. Any Japanese car fan is likely to express their desire for a Skyline of any sort. The BMW fans will rave day-in and day-out for the better-bumpered German counterparts.
While we all have differing opinions as to what constitutes “better,” the end goal of this hobby of ours is to improve upon the blank canvas that is a stock car. Some owners will take a subtle path that adheres closely to the original design aesthetic while others will stride a little further from that path to build aggressive and wild cars.
Almost two years ago, Austin Lee’s EF Honda Civic was featured here on STANCE|WORKS, and to this day it is one of the few executed with such cleanliness. Followed up by a bagged 350Z and now this beautifully done Y33, it should be no surprise that Austin is sticking to his roots of simple, clean, and to the point. It’s a recipe that has served him well, having turned out 3 notable cars at the impressively young age of 21.
If you frequent StanceWorks whatsoever, you’ll agree that Jay Borcena’s TL is a regular. He makes his way to show after show, doing his part to support the scene he loves. He’s even graced the homepage in a feature of his own almost two years ago. But there’s a special side to the car you won’t ever know by attending a car show: the car is an embodiment of a relationship between father and daughter.
Jay has been wrenching on cars since he can remember.