2022 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction
2000 Toyota Century V12 (long wheelbase) Sedan
|5 litre V12
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Toyota’s Century is a large four-door limousine hand-built to special order for the Japanese domestic market by its subsidiary, Kanto Auto Works. Serving as Toyota's flagship car model between 1967 and January 2017, receiving only minor changes along the way until a redesign in 1997. The Century derived its name from the 100th birthday of company founder Sakichi Toyoda (born 14 February 1867) and the model was often used by the Imperial House of Japan, the Prime Minister of Japan, senior Japanese government leaders, diplomats, and high-level executive businessmen. The original Century (G20) was based on the 1964 Crown Eight which featured the 2.6 litre V8 Toyota V engine, and the design remained largely untouched during its 30-year production run, apart from minor cosmetic changes and engine upgrades. The 1967 Century was equipped with an upgraded version of the Crown Eight engine, the 3.0 litre 3V, then 1973 saw the introduction of the 3.4 litre 4V, replaced by the 4V-U two years later. The engine was once again changed, to the 4.0 L 5V-EU in late 1982 with the VG40 model, an engine known as Toyota’s Hemi because of its hemispherical combustion chamber design. It was exclusive to the Century model. The 1997 G50-model Century was a complete redesign and saw the introduction of Toyota’s first V12 engine, the first and only Japanese front-engine, rear-wheel-drive production car equipped with a V12. The 5.0 litre 1GZ-FE V12 engine developed 206kW and was mated to a four-speed A342E automatic and air suspension. Built as the absolute ultimate in automotive luxury, these Toyota Centurys always had every conceivable luxury appointment, as well as the very latest in innovative driving and safety technology. It is a source of national pride and an example of the country’s technological innovation and commitment to quality and refinement. Few Centurys were built, making this car rare even in Japan.