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    Toyota Century (VG40)

    The car was originally ordered as a municipality vehicle for a city in Aichi Prefecture. The city used it for visiting officials from 1984-2011. In 2011, the car went up for auction and sat for months until a DoD employee here in Misawa made an offer. After some negotiating, he was able to get the vehicle for cheaper than expected and planned on adding it to his collection of automobiles stateside. Unfortunately, he ran into some issues and was considering selling the car. Ironically, when he was trying to decide to keep/sell the car, I happened to see him parking one day and had the usual car talk. I had no intentions to own such a car but just out of the spontaneous idea of "I've never owned something like this," I asked him if he was planning on selling it. This was October 2012. After months of emails and phone calls, he finally let me purchase the car May 17th for an astoundingly low price. Here are a few specs:

    1984 Toyota Century VG40
    16,000 km
    Power locks
    Power windows
    Power wing mirrors
    Power trunk lid
    Auto dimming headlights
    Self adjusting hydraulic rear suspension
    Dual audio control
    Dual climate control
    Column shift auto
    4.0 liter V8
    Digital tachometer
    Horizontal speedometer
    Power reclining rear seats
    Power massaging rear seats
    Rear folding reading lamp
    7 layers of black paint
    Hand built made to order only
    Japanese Royal Family's vehicle of choice

    I have already added a few of my personal touches but have a few more plans. So far:
    Espilar lowering springs (approximately 2" drop)
    Junction Produce taillights
    Junction Produce fender indicator lenses
    Removed the seat covers





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    Re: Toyota Century (VG40)

    Oh Yeah baby......cool 8) 8) 8)

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    Re: Toyota Century (VG40)

    that thing looks amazing, and with 16,000km its not even broken in yet

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    Re: Toyota Century (VG40)

    Man that is clean! :tu:

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    Re: Toyota Century (VG40)

    Astounding.

    A popular "modification" on some of the imports that made it to Australia is to switch the E and U around on the CENTURY badging on the rear. :P

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    Re: Toyota Century (VG40)

    Im jealous. Looks clean. I wish we had those here in the U.S.

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    Re: Toyota Century (VG40)

    do we get color pics? any other plans for this thing other than drive and enjoy?

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    Re: Toyota Century (VG40)

    Thanks everyone, I'll post more pictures as parts come in. I'm having some center bore/wheel fitment issues at the moment.

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    Re: Toyota Century (VG40)

    New plates...





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    Re: Toyota Century (VG40)

    What a beautiful car! You're very lucky!

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