Japan’s New Emperor To Get A One-Off Toyota Century Droptop

Japan’s new emperor, Crown Prince Naruhito, will use a custom Toyota Century convertible for his coronation ceremony, the Wall Street Journal has revealed.

Naruhito will ascend to his father Emperor Akihito’s throne on Wednesday and commissioned Toyota to build a one-off open-top Century specifically for the occasion. This vehicle will be the first open-top Century ever constructed by the Japanese car manufacturer.

The latest Toyota Century is based around the previous-generation Lexus LS hybrid and comes complete with a retro-inspired design. The vehicle hit the Japanese market last year and is outfitted with a 5.0-liter hybrid V8 pumping out a total of 425 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Toyota takes such care building the Century that just 50 units roll out of its production facility each month, despite a hefty starting price the equivalent of $180,000.

There are limited details about Prince Naruhito’s one-off Century drop-top available, including whether or not the vehicle will have a folding roof mechanism or if it will simply be a Century with its roof chopped off.

Crown Prince Naruhito’s last big ceremony came in 1993, when he married Crown Princess Masako. To mark that occasion, a black Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible was used. It is reported that there was talk about this vehicle being reconditioned for the Crown Prince’s coronation, but it is reported that the car has fallen into disrepair and sourcing spare parts proved too difficult.

Following his coronation, the new emperor will use a normal Toyota Century for his daily transportation needs.

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  • Bash

    How can he get one and the rest of us won’t. Oh yeah, because there is one small technical detail, one small thing standing in the middle of the way. Which is him being an emperor. I get it.

    • KAG25

      says batman

      • Bash

        Hahaha I give you that one. 👍🏻

  • KAG25

    Wish Toyota would cars this good looking in the USA still

  • Craig

    I absolutely LOVE the simple elegance of the dashboard. It would be nice to see Lexus adopt that look.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      especially the wool

      • Craig

        Yes. I think that’s great! Leather isn’t luxury anymore. Not like it used to be. Honda Civics come with leather. [Well… some of them]

        • enthusia

          I would love to see luxury manufacturers experiment with different materials like wool, silk, or something else. Leather is so common and its hard to make alcantara look luxurious.

          • Craig

            I absolutely agree. I always liked brocade!

  • Craig

    This is what the Lexus LS should be. Not that silly looking thing we get now.

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