And Then There Were Just 5 LFAs Left
Even though production ended in 2012, there are still five unsold LFA’s floating around on dealers inventory lists. But to buy them, you may have to be just the right kind of special.
Sitting and Waiting
Apparently, not all the LFA’s have been sold in the US. According to Toyota’s sales figures, the Japanese luxury car manufacturer has several locked up on dealer lots, resting their tri-exhaust tips until the time comes to finally bring them back to life.
Open to Dealers
According to AutoBlog, the LFA’s have been listed on dealer inventories since they were first delivered and have yet to be sold. Apparently, after sales started to drop off, Toyota authorized LFA’s to be ordered by dealers and executives rather than being restricted to the extensive vetting process originally planned for the cars.
This puts these LFA’s into a unique middle area, like limbo for cars. Where the dealer owns them, but they still can be sold, but don’t technically have to be since the dealer has paid Toyota for the order already. So if the dealer doesn’t sell them, they essentially bought an LFA at invoice price. Not a bad deal.
So while this is an oddity, to say the least, it’s better than having them sit at the factory. Especially after Toyota was so selective with their buyers. These cars are accounted for, however, and the dealers have essentially chosen to not sell them. The majority most likely are sitting as part of a dealers showroom or in a private garage. Probably one owned by the same man or woman that owns the dealer. I don’t hear them complaining at all.
Can I Buy One?
Really what this boils down to, as we sit in our one-bedroom apartments reading this, is: Can I buy one? While technically, it is possible to purchase these vehicles, since they are listed as part of a dealers inventory, you would have to be mighty convincing, particularly with your wallet. If the dealer has not been interested in selling since 2012, they probably aren't in too much of a rush to move the vehicles now.
In the Family
Since last year, several have been sold. In 2018 there were still 12 unsold LFA’s. I highly suspect, however, that these units were not sold to traditional customers, but rather to the owner of the dealer or some other involved individual. I doubt the LFA’s have moved far from its home in the dealer's showroom. I suspect the same fate remains for the remaining five LFA’s.
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