You either understand the appeal of the Toyota Century, the quietly (very quietly) luxurious hand-built rolling testament to Japanese craftsmanship, or you don’t. But even if you don’t, you should at least appreciate the insane amount of work that goes into each and every one of these sedans. We’re talking Ridler Award contender levels of body and paintwork in the service of a totally understated design.

The Century is, in a sense, Toyota’s way of recognizing and honoring traditional craftsmanship, even as robots build the vast majority of its consumer-grade cars. It should come as no surprise that the Century has long served as transportation for the Japanese imperial household.

But Japan’s got a new emperor, and Naruhito apparently likes to do things a little differently. Feel the wind in his hair, etc., etc. And so Toyota has built him an extra-special one-of-a-kind Century with no roof. It will be used at his official coronation ceremony on Oct. 22. Add in stretched Century limos and the VIP-style Century GRMN, could we be seeing the makings of a full Century line? Probably not, but we can dream.

Full disclosure: There’s limited information available on this Century, and we don’t actually know if it’s truly a convertible. Given that it’s a parade car meant to be used rarely on special occasions -- Japanese Nostalgic Cars reports that this Century will replace a 1990 Rolls-Royce Corniche III parade car used just twice -- a custom folding top with zero applicability to anything else in the Toyota lineup would seem to be a pointless extravagance.

Note the lack of license plate. When you're the emperor, a placard with a golden chrysanthemum will apparently suffice.

Careful study reveals zero latching points on the windshield surrounds, and a brake light mounted onto a pseudo convertible top cover atop the trunk. So it could have a detachable hardtop, or perhaps just a cover that goes over the passenger compartment when the car isn’t in use or on public display.

Either way, this open-topped Century is a glimpse at a body style we haven’t seen in ages. Unless you count the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, the last four-door open-air vehicle we can think of is the fourth-generation Lincoln Continental. We can think of a few concept cars, like the Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive and the Cadillac Ciel, that have toyed with the idea in recent years, but they’ve never made it to reality.



In simply existing as an unapologetically cushy luxury sedan with zero sporting pretense, the Toyota Century already does what Cadillac and Lincoln arguably should be doing. And now it goes and shows us that, decades after the last examples left production here in the States, four-door luxury convertibles are still cool.

If you’re going to be in Japan in the third week of October, try to get a glimpse of this beast. After its use in the coronation ceremony, it will reportedly be displayed in Tokyo and Kyoto, and then brought out for display at special events.

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