Would You Pay Nine Grand For A 1990 Toyota Century?

If you consider the first-generation Toyota Century to be a somewhat iconic vehicle, then perhaps owning one makes sense for you.

Yet, for everyone else, spending just under $9k on a nearly 28-year old luxury saloon that doesn’t even come with a luxury badge, is probably not their idea of a good deal for Black Friday…or any other Friday.

Since this is a 1990 model, we’re looking at a first-generation Century, which has actually been around since 1967 – yes, you read that correctly. Sure, there were some changes made along the way, but the car didn’t evolve much visually.

Now back to this fine VG40 right-hand drive example: it’s for sale on Craigslist and it’s said to be in “great all around condition.” It also has 46,000 miles (75,000 km) on the odo and comes with power windows and mirrors (one power window doesn’t work), auto dimming headlights, a digital dash and air conditioning, among other features.

It’s worth mentioning that we saw another Century go for $8,300 last year, and that was a second-generation model from 2000. It had more miles on the clock than this one, but it also had a V12 instead of a V8.


  • Bo Hanan

    No. $2395.99, and throw in the extra set of rims- yes!


    I Thought it’s priced $40k

  • Bash

    Ill give you 9 dollars.

  • LeStori

    Pay me 9 grand and I will take it to the nearest “recycling yard”

  • Tony J

    The Century is comparable to a Bentley or Rolls Royce technically so what would a 1990 Bentley run should be the question not what some badge whore thinks a Century badge is worth

  • TheBelltower

    No. And if it were parked in front of my house with the keys in it, I’d have it towed.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I just might. Given the JDM craze, somebody will. You’d be the coolest cat to roll up to Long Beach for the JCCS. Edit: Just read the other comments – what an outstanding lack of car knowledge on a car website.

    • Sam Man

      I agree, with the second gen v12 it would be a dream to drive.

  • Thegunof42 88’s

    Yes. I want it.

  • fabri99

    Since when did the Century become cheap? I thought you needed at least 30 grand for one.

  • ediotsavant

    Classic car! I would gladly pay for it.

  • CannotRead

    Would You Pay Nine Grand For A 1990 Toyota Century

    NO… can’t read the controls in Japanese!

  • Christian Wimmer

    This looks so much better than the new one.

  • Randy Terpstra

    You can pick these up in Japan, with roughly the same mileage, in auction Grade 3.5 (out of 5, which is good) condition, from USD $800. Is see a nice Canada legal (1998) V12 version, Grade 4 (Very good condition), 64000 KM (40000 miles), has just gone for USD $2800. In other words…USD $9000 is way too much, to pay for one, here in North America.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I’m curious, do you have a link to the Canadian sale?

      • Randy Terpstra

        I’m not aware if one is currently for sale in Canada. I have direct access to all of the Japanese car auctions and have brought in cars my-self (left-hand drive Mercedes-Benz), so I know the costs involved.

      • Randy Terpstra

        None for sale in Canada currently. Though based on current going prices at the auction in Japan and my own experiences, with associated costs, of importing vehicles from Japan, the asking price is high.

  • Cobrajet

    It does come with a luxury badge, it is unique to the model, it doesn’t have to be for the brand.

  • Miknik


    This panel alone is worth 9 grand. I mena come on, one of that buttons must summon Godzilla 😉

  • Mind Synthetic

    yes, about right for one in good shape after all the import and registration taxes

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