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News A Toyota Century Convertible for the Japanese Emperor

A Toyota Century Convertible for the Japanese Emperor

Toyota created a one-of Century Convertible for Japan’s new Emperor. It will carry Emperor Naruhito on October 22nd.

The 126th Japanese Emperor will be able to stroll his hair in the wind during the ceremony celebrating his coronation. Indeed, a convertible version of Toyota‘s famous grand luxury Century sedan was designed exclusively to chauffeur him as part of this event.

Unquestionably the most luxurious car in Japan, the third-generation Century is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine with a hybrid system that allows it to develop 425 horsepower. We find this engine in several Lexus models here in North America. Let’s remember that this large sedan has already been powered by a twelve-cylinder engine

Decorated with golden emblems representing royalty, this Century will roll a few kilometres during the coronation ceremony of Emperor Naruhito. The rear seats were specially designed to transport the emperor from the imperial palace to downtown Tokyo, at Asakusa Palace on October 22nd.

It will probably be exhibited in a museum later if Toyota does not decide to use it as a promotional tool for the Olympic Games or to showcase it at the Tokyo Motor Show which will open a few days after the official ceremony.

Toyota Century Convertible Emperor Naruhito
Toyota Century Convertible | Photo: Toyota

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Louis-Philippe Dubé
Louis-Philippe Dubé
Louis-Philippe Dubé has been contributing at MotorIllustrated.com for over a year, and for the NetMedia360 network for nearly three years now. His passion for everything automotive comes from a career as a mechanic, but also from the family vehicle collection that includes a 996 Porsche Turbo and a 2004 Ford GT. We've been bugging him to drive the GT, but he hasn't responded. Send L-P an email

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