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Toyota Century

Tony Davis

Toyota’s limousine is even posher a Lexus.

It’s actually the Century Royal, a monumental built for the Japanese Imperial

Stretching more than six weighing about three and powered by a 5.0-litre V12, it any other car coming out of Toyota

Well, it would do, if it came out of City, but apparently it’s under contract by the Kanto Works subsidiary in Shizuoka. itself isn’t perhaps set up for of less than a kazillion and the Royal production total at approximately four.

The Century dwarfs other Toyotas and other sedans. Motorcade makes it look like a car that, due to a computer glitch, has built on a different scale to else.

Its bonnet and boot about halfway up everyone windscreens.

Features include doors at the rear and granite so that the royal feet can in and out on a solid bit of igneous rock than vulgar man-made

The head-lining is rice paper inset lights to give the or at least ambience, of a Japanese

The Toyota Century Royal was to the Emperor in 2006, replacing rather ancient Nissan Royals.

Although a very edition, the imperial jalopy is on the standard Century, which the top car from Toyota, hard to though that might be.

The was first seen in 1967 when it received its one and only (thus far) 30 years it was cleverly restyled to look exactly the same.

The original had a V8 and was shaped a bit like a Russian of a 1964 Lincoln.

The slightly bodywork of 1997 cloaked extra cylinders and a couple of litres.

In Maslow’s Hierarchy of even the standard Century above any Lexus, though in the Japanese domestic market everything is just a little bit

Despite an unlimited colour most Centurys are painted with doilies on the seats, lace curtains and a gloved-and-capped doing the honours for some bizzoid or government hack in the

By some reports, the Century is favoured by the Yakuza criminal That makes sense, as work closely with the at times.

The Century is priced the Lexus line-up, with the idiosyncratic marketing line it is the sort of product »acquired by hard work in a plain but suit».

Most publicity to be about quietness and the whole package rides on air suspension gives »a calmness of a unequalled in the world».

A rare promotional video says, essence of the Century’s hospitality is by the rear seats».

These tilting, massaging rear are linked to the doors. When are opened (automatically, of course), the return to their standard for easy ingress and egress.

Oddly, there’s a trapdoor in the passenger seat so the bigwig in the can stretch his legs even

Toyota sells only a few Centurys a year (600 by one but the V12 is available in no other model. or what?

And if one car in this odd micro-niche is not Nissan also made the President from the mid-1960s, Mitsubishi produced the Debonair, looked like a Japanese of a Russian copy of a 1964

The Nissan died of natural last year, the Debonair front-wheel-drive with semi-contemporary in the 1980s, then was marched the shed and put out of everyone else’s in 1999.

The Century alone

18 comments so far

but how fast is it around the

Commenter Big Brother Date and June 03, 2011, 11:02AM

Weird! I was just yesterday the usual classifieds looking for a Century (good luck a ‘Royal’ anywhere!); there to be only two for sale in the country, 80’s models that look identical to the pic above. be an interesting car to own!

Commenter Location Bilgola West and time June 03, 2011,

God on Japan for keeping their traditions alive. Why can’t we the FJ Holden with a V12?

ssscrambled Location Ashfield and time June 03, 2011,

The AE86 TRUENO SPRINTER BY FUJIWARA HANDS DOWN is the ever TOYOTA, for its renowned at beating the S15 and RX7s in drift despite the 20 plus years of age in the car

Commenter Cyber Akuma Not Europe Date and time 03, 2011, 2:50PM

My friend a Toyota Century (the V12 version). and having taken a of trips in the back seat, I can agree with all the marketing about the rear seating. luxury for a late 90s car.

He then later ripped a mad down a drag strip ANDRA approved track, anyone gets up in arms).

before or since have i such luxury act so childishly.

the Century only features an diff, so said skid was a single legger.

As for the engine well i have seen the transplanted into a couple of vehicles, and in true toyota it is over-engineered to the nth degree. A seriously engine with brute waiting to be unleashed. tamed to grace.

Commenter Weazel Sydney Date and time 03, 2011, 2:56PM

So, for JUST you CAN add a BOLT on TURBO and win BOTH the Light Grand Prix and all of that EURO trash on the RACE TRACKS of perisher.


Commenter Acting like an Location Monza Date and June 03, 2011, 2:58PM

God on Japan: yes, good on


Commenter ssscrambled Ashfield Date and time 03, 2011, 3:02PM


If complain of the COMMODORE V6 Gasket like it’s going to at high revs, what in hell is there that a V12 engine will be as reliable?


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