Spoiled for Choice: 10 Barely Used LFAs at List Price

It had a factory built solely for its production. Toyota developed special looming machines to manufacture its carbonfiber tub and Yamaha tuned the sound of its V10 engine – which, by the way, revved so fast an analogue rev counter couldn’t keep up.

It is the Lexus LFA. The car Toyota’s premium brand realized it needed as a halo model to project a new, sportier image to its intended customers and lure them away from the German dealerships.

Over its two-year production run, only 500 were ever made, 50 of which were the track-spec Nürburgring Edition, and they sold out pretty quickly despite the whooping US$379,000 price that made the US$140k cheaper Ferrari 458 Italia look like a bargain.

Word has it that, even at that price, Lexus lost money on each and every one it sold. It milked the publicity it created for all it was worth, though, and you can’t really put a price on that, can you?

The company also tried to keep speculators looking to make a quick buck out of the loop by stipulating that, if an LFA owner decided to sell, the Lexus dealer had a first refusal right at the original price or that which the prospective buyer was willing to pay – whichever was lower.

This clause also put a time limit of two years. Well, with production having ceased on December 17, 2012, this means that LFA owners can sell their supercar to anyone they please.

A quick search showed up no less than 10 cars on sale at the duPont Registry. Eight of them belong to private sellers and just two to dealers. The cheapest is a white 2012 model with just 95 miles, at US$348,900; if you can call such a price tag cheap, that is. Except from a silver one that costs just a hundred bucks more, the asking price for the rest is close to the original, give or take five or 10 thousand dollars.

The good news is the LFA hasn’t depreciated in two years. The bad news, it hasn’t appreciated either despite its rarity. Those who bought it as an investment then, like the 10 folks who are currently putting theirs up for sale, will at best get their money back.

Makes you wonder if it was overpriced to start with, so the market won’t pay up, or if badge snobbery has kicked in and potential customers prefer a prancing horse or a raging bull instead, doesn’t it?

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  • thisguyhere

    these things will appreciate in time. it really is a rare gem of a car.

  • shiv

    No f ing way…if I had the cash…i would get them right away as investments…..

  • AstonMartin

    The LFA is an amazing performance car with one of the best sounds of any production car – which in itself is worth the price of admission. This demo is a prime example of its distinct hamony matched only by F1/Indy race cars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qag9eKGFDeg

  • Shobin Drogan

    The fact it is made by a company that rarely makes supercars makes it even more special, i agree with the other comments, this car will definitely get your money back.

  • Kash

    See, from what i read, Toyota only leased these vehicles for 2 years and then at the end of that the person had the option to either buy the car or return it.

  • Vassilis

    What a car. And one of the best sounding engines ever.

  • Craig

    I would LOVE to take one for a spin. But I would never want to own one. But I guess I could say that about a lot of cars.

  • dinn

    Personally I would prefer to buy 2 Ferraris and nice hot hatch for daily use for those money. Price tag was bit silly.

  • 12333444333

    Such a horrible looking package.

  • Duke Woolworth

    The 2000GT appreciated. Why not this? Could the Toyobaru styling do it in? The lower price of that Eye-talyun stuff hold it back?
    I think it’s a poor investment, if that’s what you’re after. There are plenty of used vehicles that are increasing in value faster.

  • Axel Cortez

    Right now they are loosing money if they sell at MSRP

  • Tony

    The prices for these will appreciate. At only 500 examples and 50 even hardcore models they will be collectors dreams.

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