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The History of Toyota Century

The Of Toyota Century

The Toyota is a large four-door limousine by Kanto Auto Works, under contract for Toyota for the Japanese market. Production of the began in 1967 and the model only minor changes a redesign in 1997.

The Century its name from the 100 year anniversary of Sakichi Toyoda, the of Toyota Industries. The name is written as センチュリー in Japanese and is pronounced similar to the English The Century was available with a V8 engine since its introduction in until a major redesign in and is now only available with a an engine unique to the Century.

The is produced in limited numbers and is in a nearly hand-made fashion. It is used by royalty, government and executive businessmen. The Century is in purpose to the Austin Princess, Chinese Red Flag, Rolls-Royce and limousines.

The Toyota Century is with the fender mirrors of Japanese cars.

A special version, called the Century Royal, was produced for the Imperial Household, to be used by members of the imperial family, the same purpose of the Bentley Limousine presented to the British Family. This special has wool cloth upholstery, running board steps and rice paper headliner. vehicles were originally but due to the cost per vehicle, only vehicles were built.

vehicle replaced the fleet of 30 old Nissan Prince Royal that were beginning to their age, when one broke down in service.

The styling of the Century has, some modifications, remained since its introduction, primarily due to its social status as the preferred denoting conservative success. Its is iconic in Asian countries, painted black. The closest competitor is the Nissan President, a similar reputation.

The original was based on the 1964 Toyota Eight, which featured the V8 Toyota 3V engine. The 1967 was equipped with an upgraded of this engine, the 3.0L 3V. saw the introduction of the 3.4L 4V-U, and the was once again changed to the 5V-EU in 1982. Note the 3V, 4V-U, and 5V-EU do not refer to the of valves in the engine; they models in the line of Toyota V

There is also a L-Type version of the Century, length is (207.5in) with a wheelbase of (118.5in).

The first generation remained largely untouched its 30-year production run. minor cosmetic changes and upgrades occurred throughout its the commercial longevity of the Century is nevertheless impressive.


First changes

1973: Electromagnetic were changed, the tail were changed as well as the of front disc brakes.

Standard manual transmission no offered

1987: On D type. shifter moved from the to the floor. Front bucket instead of bench seats

Century gas turbine hybrid

The Century with a GT45 gas and electric motor was shown as a vehicle at the 1975 Tokyo Show.

A GT45 gas turbine was mounted in a Toyota Century . The took a lot of room, so the Century was one of the few with an engine bay big enough. The was connected to an electrical generator to batteries, which then an electric motor connected to the wheels.

Using kerosene, (99mph) could be reached and (75mph) could be reached the batteries alone.

The Century was trialled in this manner in but not shown to the public until A similar system was trialled 1971 on some Toyota

Another version of the engine was at the 1977 Tokyo Motor (GT24) and another at the 1985 Motor Show (Gas II in the Toyota GTV).

VG20: 3V V8, 1967–1973

VG21: 3.4L V8, 1973

VG30: 3.4L V8, 1973–1977

C-VG30: 1977

E-VG35:

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VG40: 4.0L 5V-EU V8,

VG45: 4.0L 5V-EU V8 1990-1997

The Century received a redesign in 1997, although the new was visually very similar to the This current model is by a 280PS (276hp/206kW) 5.0L V12, initially with a automatic, and then a 6-speed transmission. It also features air

The Century remains the first and Japanese front-engine, rear-wheel production car equipped with a

The Century was Toyota’s most model at its inception in 1967, and this status throughout the century. Today, it is placed most of the Lexus lineup in and remains the most luxurious and model to wear the Toyota The Century is distinguished by different options than the rest of the lineup.

Like other in the top of the luxury class, the Century is with a chauffeur in mind. the rear seats recline and the passenger seat has a fold-down section so that a passenger in the may stretch his feet forward. The seats are equipped with a system.

The exterior door handles the doors electrically since the of the door being opened is perceived as being too obtrusive. The do not need to be closed directly, the door only needs to the latch, causing the door to itself completely closed

The vehicles interior is usually in cloth, not leather, due to the aroma of being less desirable and not as as cloth when sat on. The vehicle can be in any color the purchaser desires, the favorite colors are usually brown, burgundy or royal with black exterior White lace curtains are installed in the rear window, of tinted windows, which are to attract unwarranted attention.

The usually like to be seen in a despite Asian tendencies for

The Century is priced at ¥11,130,000 or US$94,500 (as of 2007[update]). In comparison, the price for the ultra-luxury 2008 LS 460 is approximately ¥10,000,000 (US$87,000), the LS 600h L at ¥15,000,000 (US$125,800).

Although the Century is not exported Japan in large numbers, it is frequently by officials stationed in Japanese offices.

In contrast to luxurious cars (such as the or a Rolls-Royce), the Century has not been and marketed as a sign of wealth or Marketing literature states that, the Century is acquired persistent work, the kind is done in a plain but formal

Second generation changes

6-Speed Transmission.

2008: television tuner standard.

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