The 2012 Lexus LFA went out of production nearly a decade ago, but one such new example that never left the dealership can be found on Bring a Trailer.com.
The car was shipped to Arlington Lexus in Palatine, Illinois and, according to the listing, was bought by the dealership owner. However, it spent most of the past nine years in the dealership’s showroom and now has only 72 miles on the odometer, the listing says.
This is not uncommon as several dealers have been sticking to LFAs as exhibits to increase showroom traffic. While LFA production ended in December 2012 and the last car reached the US states in February 2013, five brand new, unregistered cars were still available as of January 2020.
The carbon-fiber bodied LFA was intended as a halo for Lexus, adding prestige to the brand and using some of parent company Toyota’s Formula 1 experience to do so.
2012 Lexus LFA (Photo via Bring a Trailer)
The engine is a 5.2 liter V-10 that makes 552 horsepower and 334 lb-ft of torque, with a redline of 9,000 rpm. The high-speed engine is coupled with an automated 6-speed clutch transmission.
Despite this glorious V-10, the idea of a Lexus supercar proved difficult for people to understand. The base price of $ 375,000 also appeared to be different compared to the rest of the Lexus lineup. That could explain why Lexus struggled to sell even the small 500-unit production.
This car is listed as one of five made in Pearl Yellow for the US market. Fewer than 200 cars were imported into the US, although sources differ about the exact number.
The current bid of $ 630,000 (at the time of publication) dwarfs the original purchase price but is inconsistent with other recent LFA sales. A silver LFA went up for $ 720,000 at auction earlier this year, while a brown LFA went up for sale at a dealer in January with an asking price of $ 680,000.