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Old 05-17-12, 08:15 AM   #1
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Reader’s Rides: It’s Good To Be Akio Toyoda
By Bertel Schmitt on May 16, 2012



  • Today, I happened to be at Toyota’s Tokyo headquarters in order to personally get to the bottom of numbers nobody seems to care about.

    There was a minor riot in the usually zen-like lobby of 1-4-18 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku. TTAC was there to investigate …



  • Toyota employees, who usually pass the cars on display in the reception area without the slightest hesitation, rushed to a matte-black Lexus LFA parked near the entrance. One woman touched the car as if it was a sacred object.



  • Another man impulsively checked himself. It is hot again in Tokyo, and people start to perspire. “Do I also?” asked this man before he approached the black car.

    The matte-black LFA looked like any other $375,000 supercar Lexus makes in Motomachi. Except …

    This is a used car! A used car in Toyota’s holy halls? It looks new to you? Have a look at this:



  • Spend some time in Japan, and you will run into the dreaded Shaken sticker. Shaken is the third degree the Japanese government gives people’s cars after three years when the cars are new, and then every two, to make sure that the cars are in working order, allegedly. The examination is so expensive and so rigorous that many Japanese rather buy a new car, much to the joy of the Japanese car industry. Most Japanese prefer “pika-pika” (new and shiny) over “boro-boro” (old and tired) anyway.

    Now, for some Shaken arcana. The Shaken sticker of the matte black LFA expires in December of the 25th year of the current Heisei period of Emperor Akihito. Heisei 25 equals 2013, deduct three years …. OMG, this car was registered in December of 2010!

    This makes it one of the first cars of the very limited 500 car production run of the LFA. Production of the LFA started in December 2010. Who owns that rare used car?


  • Discreet inquiries produced the suggestion that the owner of the used car works at Toyota. It is Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota. The suspicion was confirmed when a polite lady approached the crowd, bowed, and said:

    “Sumimasen, he needs his car back.”

  • PS: The image quality may not be up to TTAC standards. The pictures were taken with my cellphone, and my hands were shaken …
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Could this be LFA #000 ??? Maybe we will soon find out....

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Old 05-17-12, 12:45 PM   #2
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A year 2 color built in year 1?
If it is true that this is a production car, Lexus failed to follow their own plan
There had been some other threads where it was mentioned Akio was not getting an LFA
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Old 05-17-12, 01:16 PM   #3
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Nice. Thanks for sharing.
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A year 2 color built in year 1?
If it is true that this is a production car, Lexus failed to follow their own plan
There had been some other threads where it was mentioned Akio was not getting an LFA
Don't believe "EVERYTHING" you read on the Internet....

If it his.. He can have it any way, any color, any badge # he wants... by default..

I know I would...!!!

Also, see "Gold" color F fender badges too.....


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Old 05-17-12, 02:09 PM   #5
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Company car?
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He is the CEO of the company. He can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants.

On the side, I have read at multiple places that he owns a black LFA. I did not know it was a matte black.

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Don't believe "EVERYTHING" you read on the Internet....

If it his.. He can have it any way, any color, any badge # he wants... by default..

I know I would...!!!

Also, see "Gold" color F fender badges too.....


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Old 05-17-12, 04:06 PM   #7
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Another possibility is that it could be a repainted version of an early car. There are still a few of the first 10 models that are unaccounted for and any of those could have been registered in Japan in December 2010. Without the badge number it is all just wild speculation.


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On the side, I have read at multiple places that he owns a black LFA. I did not know it was a matte black.
The reports I remember reading were that he "drove off" in a black LFA, not necessarily that he owned one. I think there was a video of him driving a black LFA as well, but it was glossy, not matte black. Personally, I think it's more likely Lexus retains LFAs as company cars.
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Is it just me or does it seem like the 2 men in the 2nd and 3rd pictures look like they are crying, lol? The author said the one man was checking himself for perspiration, but I think they are so overcome with emotion at seeing this sick matte black piece of automotive art!!
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Nice find Joe! Trade your F for the better F!
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As CEO, he should have at least 2 of these. This one and a pink HK one to DD
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one of my favorites ive seen so far love the matte black look
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That matte black looks amazing on the LFA!
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