This 2005 Toyota Avalon SEMA Concept Will Make Your Grandparents The Coolest Kids On The Block

The annual SEMA Show attracts dozens of incredible vehicles, but many horrible creations too. This particular Toyota Avalon, built for the 2005 event, falls in the second category.

Fabricating shop Rad Rides by Troy was responsible for designing and building this unique Avalon, with the eBay listing stating that it is one of Troy Trepanier’s most iconic rides and looks like its traveling 100 mph (160 km/h) while standing still. Yes, really.

Rad Rides by Troy first set about overhauling the Avalon’s front fascia and did so with the fitment of a massive front grille with five horizontal slats finished in chrome. The lower portion of the front bumper also supports a pair of circular headlamps.

Fewer changes have been made to the sides, but the Avalon now makes do without door handles in an effort to smooth its design. Additionally, the vehicle’s ride height has been dropped and a set of chrome wheels have been fitted – but the result leaves a lot to be desired.

Spin around to the rear and you’ll find simplified taillights, a large lip spoiler extending out of the trunk lid, and no visible handle for the truck. While we’re not fans of the overall design, the absence of obvious handles anywhere on the exterior is noteworthy.

Like any good SEMA show car, the Avalon also includes some special trimmings throughout the interior, as well as a Rockford Fosgate surround sound system.

As eye-catching as the car is, that’s not the most noteworthy thing about it. That would be the fact that it has an asking price of $24,595, a figure which seems extraordinarily high even though the car allegedly has just 168 miles (270 km) on the clock.

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  • Six_Tymes

    nice, BUT, not liking the Chrysler Sebring style front

    • Jay

      Yep, lost me at the grille and fog lights.. everything else looks good.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    …Even though the Avalon was originally targeted to families who cross-shop large sedans and/or those who want an otherwise excellent luxury car alternative at a bargain price…

    …after all, seniors love luxury cars too…. right?

    • SpongeBob99Swell

      …but I would seriously leave any modification out of it… (as within any large family sedan)

  • Gullet

    I’m impressed by people making something that completely different out of nothing. Well done!

  • Carl Sloan

    It looks like a cholo chariot.

  • Bash

    The front is on the no side. The choice of the green fungus marble thing is on the no side. I like the no door handle thing it’s nice and the no side mirrors these are a plus things. Overall it’s good to look at. Not my style and don’t wanna be seen in it.

  • Craig

    Not a huge fan of the front end – but everything else – including the colors – looks pretty darn good to these old eyes.

  • paulgdeaton

    What is the automotive equivalent of “Lipstick on a pig”?

    Perhaps “Bondo on a pig”; that comes immediately to mind…

  • Dylan Wentworth

    If you were into lowriders in the 1990’s you will probably think that looks really good. But kids these days just think that’s some grandpa car. I get it.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    Exterior: Front looks unfinished and tacky at the same time, seems to pleading for a big Chevy badge. Profile is tasteful if unremarkable. Rear lights are too small for the size of the car. In general, there is just too much flat and undisturbed metal surface, aside from the tacky & disproportional grille.

    Interior: Mostly love it except for the sulfur colored wood accents. Unlike the exterior, the dash and center panel are a success in clean understated beauty evolved from the classy & harmonious interior of the Solara 1st generation. It would be easy enough to re-skin the inserts into a more common woodgrain or even a satin titanium.

  • KAG25

    Front end could have been toned down, but it is the wood they used on the inside that is just ugly.

  • brn

    Everything about it looks cheap and ugly. Poster below used the word “unfinished” and that seems appropriate.

    Thank goodness it’s only a concept.

  • Jo Bo

    Omg. Sometimes it sure would be better to be blind!

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