2019 proved to be a good year for a car discontinued nearly eight years ago.
With 2019 sales figures coming in, we noticed something rather interesting with Lexus' overall sales report that's worth examining further. Along with its current lineup of sedans, coupes, crossovers, and a couple of SUVs, Toyota's luxury brand managed to sell a total of three LFA supercars last year. That's right. The Lexus LFA officially ended production back in 2012 and yet new examples are still selling. We've known for a while now that there are unsold LFAs sitting on a few dealerships lots scattered across the country, but the automaker actually sold 50 percent more LFAs last year than in 2018. How many, to be precise? Three.
In 2018, a grand total of two were sold. The LFA was a limited production, 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V10-powered supercar from the get-go and has since achieved icon status.
Built from 2010 through 2012, a total of 500 examples were built, with 450 of them being the "standard" version while another 50 had the track-focused Nurburgring package, which added an extra 10 horsepower, carbon fiber elements, and some transmission adjustments. Interestingly, Lexus still couldn't sell all 500 LFAs. With a total of 553 horsepower and rear-wheel-drive, the LFA supercar is clearly not for everyone. It also carried a base price of $375,000, an awful lot of money for a Lexus. Collectors, however, knew very well what they were buying. But not everyone is a collector, as Lexus has since learned.
While the LFA's halo car successor, the LC 500, is more of a grand tourer than anything else, it's still less powerful and a far more suitable daily driver. The LC 500 Convertible model has also just recently been added to the lineup.
So, how many unsold LFAs remain? In 2017, Lexus claimed there were 12 new LFAs still available. Three were sold by the end of that year followed by the two in 2018. Combined with 2019's total, the arithmetic now comes to four examples. Will all four unsold LFAs find homes in 2020? Check this space next year at this time for the answer.