e all have to start from somewhere, and for most of us, it isn't the top. We struggle and train ourselves in order to advance to the level where we want to be at. And even through all that, there's no guarantee that we'll actually make it. Then there are guys like Mark Yuen of Medford, New Jersey, to whom things just seem to come easy. The car-building gene is coded in his DNA. The vision, the knowhow and the execution are all flowing through Mark's veins like they're part of his soul. As for us normies, we can just sit back and enjoy the end products of his hard work. Okay, well, maybe it's not so easy for him.
Let's flash back to when Mark constructed his first project car, a 1995 Acura Legend coupe. It was just at the kickoff of the import scene and there weren't a lot of aftermarket parts available, especially for a Legend, so close to everything had to be custom crafted. From there, it would take two hands to count the number of project cars that Mark has tallied up in his 15 year reign, and most of them are not your typical run of the mill builds. All were assembled with JDM-inspired battle gear and each one unique in their own respect. From big sedans like an Infiniti M45 converted to Nissan Cedric/Gloria specs to a Lexus IS300 sport sedan that received a full Toyota Altezza workover. Just to keep things interesting, Mark even had a chance to throw in a sport crossover Vertex-outfitted Lexus RX330 grocery getter (sort of) into the mix. His wife had to be turning every head in supermarket
Wparking lots while she was dodging shopping carts and bad drivers. Now we get to his recent baby, a VIP-style Lexus LS460 that is as wide as it is low, and a production on Mark's resume that has been 15 years in the making. Mark's goal behind this build was to set his LS460 apart from all other VIP cars out in the show scene. Did Mark set himself up for a mission impossible? We'll let you be the judge of that.
Utilizing his creative mind and with some assistance from his numerous sponsors, Mark was able to put forth the beast that you see before you. Mark knew that just slapping together a few body kit pieces and some rims wouldn't help the LS460 stand out from the pack. There are too many wannabe VIP cars and self-proclaimed show stoppers out there nowadays. He had to take drastic measures to ensure that the presence of his massive sedan was felt everywhere he went.
The first and most radical step to accomplishing this task was to equip his already sultry Lexus with a K-Break Hyper Zero Customs body kit. Tack on the Fizz Auto-