Spotted in China: Toyota Century

Published on October 9, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Toyota Century

A very rare Toyota Century limousine, seen in the great city of Shenyang in Liaoning Province. The Toyota Century is basically Japan-only and is rarely seen in the rest of the world. This particular example however has the steering wheel on the left side, meaning it was made for export. The black license plate indicate this Century is owned by a foreign-funded company, which could import their own cars in the 1980’s and 1990’s.


White lace curtains protect the passengers from prying eyes. The Century is equipped with air suspension for an extra smooth ride. The door handles open the doors electrically since the sound of the door being opened mechanically is perceived by Toyota as “too obtrusive” for the passengers. The interior comes standard in wool cloth, rather than in leather, because tests has learned Toyota that leather is not as quiet as cloth when sat upon.

Toyota’s mad attention to detail makes brilliant cars

Production of the second generation Toyota Century started in 1997 and continues until today. Power comes from a 5.0 V12, rated officially at 280hp, but it likely has a few horses more. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic that sends power to the rear wheels.


Huge boot on a huge car: 5270/1890/1475, wheelbase is 3025 and curb weight is 1990kg.


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  1. Hugh Crawford- October 9, 2013 Reply

    Limos are still nice to see, especially when not defiled by being stretched to become common-as-muck chav-carriers.

    These pics are of particular interest, since limos are not generally small or low.

    Here was see just how stupid a big tall SUV (which will never have a field or much more than a kerb to climb over – although Russians seem to like driving up stairs with them)looks beside the Century.

  2. Hugh Crawford- October 9, 2013 Reply


    Sorry folks. Small bug in new site design?

    I am not typing in CAPITALS – but my comment is appearing in CAPITALS, not the lower case I typed with.

    I don’t want to be accused of SHOUTING!

    1. Tycho de Feijter- October 9, 2013 Reply

      Thanks! Working on bugs…

  3. Poppy Yang- October 9, 2013 Reply

    this is an amazing limo. very old-fashioned.like it:)

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