There have been two generations of Toyota Century in the past half century. They’re pictured in order.
1967-1982 - V8
1982-1997 - Facelifted version
1997-Present - V12 (2 1JZ VVT-i’s with a common, 6 bolt main crank) First car
The V12 is exactly as beastly as you’d expect. If you know how Toyota tunes their V8s (to make all thrust seem effortless) then you’ll know what to expect out of the V12, with 10% lower vibrations than the 1UZ. It’s rated at like 340 ft lbs of torque and wouldn’t-you-guess 280 PS (wink). But this engine at 2000 RPM makes more torque than a 1UZ at full tilt ahead.
If the Lexus LS is an S-class, then the Century is a Rolls Royce. It’s a car made to be driven in, it’s nearly handmade, doesn’t share switchgear with other Toyotas.
Wilder was initially hesitant, but finally accepted the role under one condition:
When I make my first entrance, I’d like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp. After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet. As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I’m walking on and stands straight up, by itself… but I keep on walking, until I realize that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause.
When Stuart asked why, Wilder replied, “because from that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth.”
i always have to reblog this because it’s my favorite thing ever.
A true actor with true intentions. Brilliant.
i never talk about it much but i love this man
Gene Wilder is truly incredible.