Crown Eight

Released date : 1964/ 4/20

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Grade Crown Eight
Model type
Model type VG10
Curb mass(kg) 1375
Dimensions Length(mm) 4720
Width(mm) 1845
Height(mm) 1460
Wheelbase(mm) 2740
Engine Engine code V
Engine type 8-cylinder, 90degreesV, OHV
Displacement(cm3) 2599
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/115/5000
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are VG10(2600).
The Crown Eight was placed on the market in April 1964. Built on the platform of the second-generation Crown, the large passenger car was aimed primarily at major corporations and limousine services -- a market that had been monopolized by American and European cars.

The Crown Eight expanded the wheelbase, front/rear treads, length, and width of the Crown by 50 mm, 160 mm, 120 mm, and 150 mm, respectively. Compared to the relatively narrow-bodied models such as the Nissan Cedric Special (2,800 cc, released in February 1963) and the Prince Grand Gloria (2,500 cc, released in May 1964), the Crown Eight had a distinctly statelier look.

Fitted with the 2,600 cc aluminum alloy engine that was also the first V8 unit to power a Japanese automobile, the Crown Eight featured a broad range of equipment and accessories befitting a large sedan, including a 2-speed Toyoglide automatic transmission, power windows, power door locks, and light control.

The price of the Crown Eight was 1.65 million yen in Tokyo. A 4-speed manual transmission version with a floor shifter and a 3-speed manual transmission version with overdrive were also made available during its model life.
Plant Kanto Auto Works, Ltd
"Eight" comes from the first V8 unit to power a Japanese automobile.

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