Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Today, we have here a Toyota Century:

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There’s enough reading material about this car out there and even within this blog, so I won’t re-hash, but to summarize:

  • This car is intended for the Japanese elite, who prefer to show their wealth in a modest manner (i.e. think very old money).
  • This car is literally a century old. The current production model has been around since the late 90s.
  • Interestingly, this car is powered by a V12, one that is not shared with any other platform or vehicle in the lineup.
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Despite its elite status, this car is fairly common on the streets of metropolitan Tokyo.

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This one was spotted leaving Tsukiji market:

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This one was spotted in Shinjuku, sporting a questionable choice of wheels:

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This one was displayed at MegaWeb Toyota showcase in Odaiba:

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This one was spotted in the Chiyoda district, complete with chauffeur, probably picking up someone from the Mitsubishi UFJ Bank Tower.

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Sidetracking a bit, a MINT 2nd-gen LHD Taurus wagon passed by as I took the above picture. When was the last time you saw one of these? And in 2014?

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Despite being a Toyota, Toyota badging is not evident throughout the vehicle. You get a typical Toyota/Lexus steering wheel, but with the signature golden phoenix instead of the oval T:

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Golden phoenix emblems are emblazoned throughout - centre caps, front grille, and armrest...

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The most interesting aspect has to be the fact that all interior switches are labelled in Japanese. Even regular JDM vehicles don’t do this.

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Oh right... back to the Tomica... Even though it’s based on the model from the 70s, it still looks very similar to the current one.

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Textured headlights are a nice touch:

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Front and rear license plates are moulded into the base plate. They read “Century” in handwriting that has been accurately cut into the mould.

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All-around an amazing piece:

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Looks like someone important is in town...

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