This Lexus LC 500 Is Really An Old Toyota Celica

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Its asking price is equally offensive.

This is normally the type of car that'll appear on Craigslist or eBay where the seller will make all sorts of claims regarding how much money they invested into it over the years. But as we all know, cars depreciate in value so any investments made for tuning or whatever is money down the drain. And yet this 2001 Toyota Celica turned fake Lexus LC 500 has an asking price tag of $10,000. What's more, it's a dealership that's selling it, not a private individual. What kind of dealership would agree to sell this?

A Russian one.

Yes, this means you'll have to travel all the way to Russia to see this fake LC 500 in person before deciding whether or not to pull the trigger. According to the dealer, power comes from a 1.8-liter inline-four with 190 horsepower paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. This is the typical drivetrain for the seventh-generation Celica, sold from 1999 to 2006.

Like all previous Celicas dating back to 1985, this one is front-wheel-drive. The LC 500 is, of course, a rear-wheel-drive luxury grand tourer. Expect this Celica to go from 0-62 mph in about 8.5 seconds and reach a top speed of around 135 mph. But for whatever reason, its previous owner figured it'd be a good idea to swap out its perfectly fine late 90s exterior styling for a completely new front end sporting that spindle grille design.

Instead of the Lexus emblem, there's an "F Sport" logo. The hood scoop also appears to be slightly modified and the original rear bumper has been replaced. Side sills and aftermarket wheels have also been added along with an Akrapovic exhaust.

Step inside and there's no mistaking the interior for that of the LC 500; the 'Celica' labels on the door sills haven't been removed or altered. The seats now feature orange trim with light gray fabric inserts. And yes, this Celica is a right-hand drive model, a factor that might play a small part in the relatively high asking price.

Chances are something like this won't have any appeal to Americans or Europeans. No one wants to be seen driving around an obviously fake Lexus halo model. But things work differently in Russia.

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