The XF20 generation Lexus LS was sold from 1994 through 1997 and gives you all the speed and comfort you’d expect in a German executive cruiser (S-Class…or BMW 7-series), but with Japanese sensibility and reliability. There was no option for a 5-speed manual gearbox, but it wouldn’t raid your savings in expensive parts repairs or goad you into thinking your car was sporty. Find this 1995 Lexus LS400 bidding for $2500 in Gadsden, AL via Hemmings auctions with 5 days to go. Tip from BarbPaddles.
This next car epitomizes the expression “punching above one’s weight class.” It has no business being being fast as it is…but don’t let the shabby paint fool you. This wagon is running a 1UZFE V8 from a Lexus LS400, Mercedes-Benz bumpers and a funky multi-link rear suspension that looks tight. If you’ve got the time and know-how to swap in the included W58 5-speed, this thing will be perfect. Find this 1985 Toyota Cressida Wagon offered for $9000 in Simi Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from MikeD.
This next car comes as a tip from Jeff who writes: If it drives as good as it looks, this will dish out many more miles. Only driven about 9,000 a year to date… Yes indeed, this is the case of a seller who has taken some nice photos of a car that is clean. You […]
This next car comes from tipper John who writes: Just stumbled across this, which seems spot on for DT. Maybe these manual swaps are common, but I haven’t seen one before even though everyone says they wish Lexus had put a manual in the Sportcross. Find this 2005 Lexus IS300 SportCross offered for $10500 in Brea, CA […]
This next car is a seller submission from Mason who writes: Unfortunately it is time to sell my car. My wife got a job in another country to I’m trying to get rid of stuff as we prepare to move. I’m a daily lurker on your site and wondered if this was something that fits. Would […]
Toyota had been poking at BMW with their Lexus brand since it launched in 1989, but it wasn’t until the launch of the IS300 in 1998 that Lexus had finally delivered something that could compete with BMW’s lauded 3-series. Lexus also launched a wagon version that they called the “SportCross” (because Wagon was taken…dunno) and […]
Do you want a car that will offer the style & class of a Mercedes-Benz but the reliability & cost of a Toyota? Yes, there is only one answer — an aged Lexus LS. Find this 1990 Lexus LS400 offered for $3750 in Hazlet, NJ via craigslist. From Cory. From the seller: 1990 Sedan Lexus LS400 […]
You could make the argument that the Lexus SC400 is a Supra in a tuxedo similar to the Lincoln Mark IV and Mustang (written up here a couple weeks ago). It is safe to say that most any car is better or more certainly interesting as a widebody. However, it’s the details, details, and details […]
The Lexus SC430 was introduced in 2001 with all of the ingredients to be a resounding success — a reliable small displacement V8, a double wishbone suspension, rear wheel drive, a folding hardtop and room for two…unfortunately it had all the character of a box of kraft mac & cheese. However, now on the used […]
There are places around the world where having a lifted 4X4 is functional, useful, and downright essential for daily driving during monsoon season, winter, or Black Friday. Los Angeles, California is not one of those places…so, naturally, I’m going to focus my search for lifted junk in the city of Angels. Let’s kick things off […]