Just took these NADA guide numbers down:
March of 2014 top row
December of 2013 bottom row.
Lexus LS 400
What do you see? You see appreciation. That means every once in a while, a manufacturer gets it right and it takes TIME for the market to wake up to the fact.
Toyota actually and honestly tried to make a world-class car.
The first generation LS400 is blessedly free of froo-froo pandering to gizmo idiocy.
They put the value into the bones of the car.
The number of people who are turning away from the sheer stupiddizzycomplexity of the modern automobile with its zany-swoopdedoo senseless "stylin' gimmickry and distracting toys, is increasing.
My LS400 has a quiet exterior shape (still .029 cd) but it apologizes to no one.
The driving environment is ( amazin'! ) for driving. The instrument cluster is absolutely second-to-none, now that BMW has destroyed any final vestige of restrained functionality.
The engine is absolutely . . . as Rolls Royce used to say . . . adequate.
For us first generation owners, the interest in these cars will focus on us, as purer examples of the whole Ideal. In fact, I think the first generation Lexus is going to mirror the 1961/1962 Lincoln Continental. Ford woke up to refined good taste and exceptional quality, then, like Lexus, they lost their nerve, they fussed with the clean styling, they expanded beyond their competence, they ruined the magic in just a few years. Now classic car collectors are clamoring for the first three years of the slab-sided Lincolns.
The market value of your Lexus will only be enhanced if your work is excruciatingly detailed and correct. Every stupid little grommet and plug and clip accounted-for and in place.