One-Off Toyota Century Convertible Is Fit For An Emperor

The Toyota Century is closely associated with Japanese royalty and it appears the company has made a one-off convertible in honor of the new emperor’s coronation ceremony on October 22nd.

According to Japanese Nostalgic Car, the model is officially called the “royal parade car” and will be used to transport Emperor Naruhito on a 2.9 mile (4.6 km) route through the streets of Tokyo to the Akasaka Palace.

The Century is reportedly the royal family’s first new parade car in 30 years and replaces a 1990 Rolls-Royce Corniche which was only used on two occasions. The new car is slated to see a lot more action as it will be used during high-profile events such as the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. It will also reportedly be put on display at palaces in Kyoto and Tokyo, when not in use.

Also Read: New Toyota Century Is A Modern Flagship With Old School Styling

The convertible closely echoes the standard Toyota Century, but the model has been equipped with a retractable roof and a modified rear end. JNC also reports the car features unique seats which have backrests that are fixed at a 25 degree angle to provide “unobstructed views of the royals.” Furthermore, the rear seats are reportedly positioned 1.6 inches (40 mm) higher than on the sedan.

Little else is known about the car, but it presumably uses the same powertrain as the sedan. As a result, the convertible likely has a hybrid powertrain that consists of a nickel-metal hydride battery, an electric motor and a 5.0-liter V8 engine that develops 376 hp (280 kW / 381 PS) and 376 lb-ft (510 Nm) of torque. This setup gives the Century a combined output of 425 hp (317 kW / 431 PS).

H/T to Road & Track

  • thejohnnycanuck

    Love it. That just might be the coolest full-sized convertible offered anywhere.

    • Bige Lee

      Bentley… bring back the Azure.

    • Matt

      Too bad you can’t actually buy one…


    • you joking, right?

      • Porkopolis

        He’s not, but we all know you are.

  • Bash

    Splendid, amazing, mesmerizing, beautiful, gorgeous, phenomenal, great.

  • xrnzaaas

    Century is such an awesome looking car, I’d definitely want one if they were selling them in Europe.

  • Aeromann

    Very elegant!

  • Ben

    I know full-sized drop tops look ugly with their rag up(IMO), but my goodness does that car look regal. Should come with optional flags.

  • this feels very much like a retro inspired 80’s Eldorado.

    Cadillac take note! you have a criminally underutilized platform, and a factory that’s basically on idle because of this…

    if you’re not going to make an Omega Impala to replace 5-6 outgoing vehicles, or an Omega Escala/Nomad CUVs, then at least make some kind of Cadillac halo car like a new Eldorado!!! spruce up the interior quality some, use that new V8, AWD. probably won’t sell very well. but my gosh will it look amazing!

  • Craig

    All it needs to be super great is suicide doors.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I wish they sold this in the US

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