Today, we have here a Toyota Century:

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.

Despite its elite status, this car is fairly common on the streets of metropolitan Tokyo.

This one was spotted leaving Tsukiji market:

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

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?

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.

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...