When Toyota launched its Lexus luxury brand at the Detroit Auto Show in January 1989, the car on display was the result of over $1 billion in development costs. It represented the pinnacle of engineering and the ultimate in Japanese luxury.
That car was the LS400, which became the standard of reliability and build quality that left other automakers scrambling to catch up. In recent years, at least one LS400 has been known to surpass 1 million miles. That car was Matt Farah’s 1996, which was passed around to various journalists over the years as the “Million Mile Lexus.”
The Pick of the Day is a 1990 Lexus LS400 in Diamond White that is accompanied by all the right collector-car swag, including a factory car cover, shop manual, original books, and even the window sticker, according to the West Chester, Pennsylvania, dealer advertising the LS on ClassicCars.com. Best of all, it has been driven only 33,000 miles.
In other words, it’s been driven only a little more than 1,000 miles per year on average throughout its lifetime. This time capsule is said to have had one owner since new, and it is presented as an original car that’s been “always garaged and meticulously maintained.”
The rear-wheel-drive Lexus sedan is powered by a 4-liter, 32-valve, 250-horsepower V8 that was praised by reviewers for its quietness and refinement.
Some readers might recall TV commercials used in the LS400 marketing campaign that had a pyramid of 15 champagne glasses stacked on the hood while the car accelerated on a dyno to the equivalent of 145 miles per hour without shaking a single glass out of place.
When the LS400 was new, it started at around $36,000, which is roughly $70,000 in 2020 dollars. The asking price for this LS400 is just $17,500. At 33,000 miles, it’s only starting its quest for a million.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.