It has been turbulent times for Japan’s new Tenno. On May 1, 2019, Naruhito became the 126th emperor of the chrysanthemum throne. Although the brief ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 1, the emperor’s ceremonial parade will not take place until October. He will be riding in a one-of-a-kind vehicle, a custom-built convertible Toyota Century.
If you do not know the Toyota Century: The luxury sedan has been in Toyota’s lineup since 1967, but only in the homeland of Japan. There were only three vehicle generations since then – for a long time this impressive colossus was the only Japanese car with a twelve-cylinder engine. In its most recent development stage, however, it “only” has as a five-liter V8 hybrid.
There were several requirements for the car. First, it must be available domestically, hence the Toyota. It must also be larger in presence than the other cars in a caravan, and it must be designed in a way that the emperor and empress can be easily seen, hence the open top. It must also possess extreme safety and high-level performance, both in power and efficiency. The Century ticks all of these boxes. Unfortunately, there is no other information or photos of the car just yet.
The “normal” Toyota Century starts at almost $200,000 and is only available to select customers on the island nation. Only 50 hand-built Centurys leave the factory each month.