And the final miles will probably be driven by...
Founder and host of The Smoking Tire podcast Matt Farah bought a 1996 Lexus LS400 five ago when it had 850,000 miles on its odometer. Since then, he's graciously loaned the big sedan out to anyone with a road trip planned or with lots of miles to drive. The idea was to rack up as many miles as possible in order to reach the ultimate 1 million mile goal. Well, it's about to happen.
The current custodian of the Lexus, Robert Moschowsky, just announced on Instagram that there are only 631 miles left to go. He claims he picked the car up when it had roughly 989,750 miles and dropped it off with exactly 999,369. Do the math (we already did). According to Moschowsky, he drove it from Noblesville Indiana to Atlanta, Georgia where he handed over the keys to one of Matt's trusted friends.
All told, Moschowsky added over 9,600 miles during his time with the car, which included additional road trips that took him through a total of 11 states. Farah himself recently posted the final miles will be driven sometime in the next month or so, presumably by him. He lives in Los Angeles so he'll likely be flying to Atlanta in order to drive those last few hundred miles.
The Lexus in focus here is a second generation LS400 powered by what's clearly a bulletproof 4.0-liter V8 with a claimed 260 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. That power goes to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission (hey, it was 1996).
This particular engine has a reputation for its excellent durability, hence one of the likely reasons why Farah opted for the car and its million-mile quest in the first place. Not many cars manage to achieve the one million mile mark, but those that do rightly deserve special recognition. This '96 Lexus LS400 is about to join those ranks. Stay tuned.