The Nissan Prince Royal was a 4-door limousine produced by Nissan/Prince Motors for the Imperial Household of Japan in 1966. Only two units of this vehicle were produced.
In the 1960s, Rolls-Royce Phantom V took the place of 1930s Mercedes-Benz 770s. In 1966, the Nissan Prince Royal was appeared as a replacement for the Rolls-Royce Phantom V. The period of early 1960s saw a great boom for Japanese automobile industry and the Japanese automakers were directed to build a car for the Emperor of Japan by the Imperial Household Agency. Following this, the Prince Motor Company proclaimed that they would build two such vehicles for the Japanese Emperor. They claimed that the first such vehicle would be available by 1966 followed by the second in coming year. The Nissan prefix was added in the vehicle’s name as a result of 1966 merger of the Nissan Motor Company and Prince Motor Company.
The vehicle had a massive weight and was powered by a 6300 cc V8 OHV engine made mechanically from a solid block of steel. The vehicle was supported on custom 8.90-15 Bridgestone tires. It featured independent double wishbone coil front suspension and leaf springs in the back. Power assisted drum brakes were used in Nissan Prince Royal. The steering column was connected to a 3-speed Borg-Warner automatic transmission.
The Imperial Standard also known as the Imperial Seal of Japan is used in place of license plate at both front and rear of the vehicle whenever the Emperor is riding in the car. Addition to this, a golden color 16 petal chrysanthemum is displayed on the exterior of both rear passenger doors as a mark of the Chrysanthemum Throne of Japan.
The center-rear of the car received the suicide doors that swing with wider angle. As for interior, the car had a seating capacity for eight passengers with three rows of seats. Out of these three, the two center rear seats were of folding type for security personnel. A beverage bar was located in between the two center seats. A100% plaint wool upholstery covered the rear seats, though leather covering was used for driver seat. All the windows were covered with curtains and used double paned glass to provide extra security protection to the passengers inside the vehicle. A telephone was there to interact with driver.
On July 7, 2006, the vehicle was withdrawn on favor of the new Toyota Century Royal that took the place of long serving Nissan Prince Royal.