We came across what appears to be a fanatically maintained, low mileage, Gold over tan leather example of a first generation 1993 Lexus LS400 here on Craigslist in West Newton, Massachusetts where the seller is hoping to get $12,000. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for these cars at $3,650, $5,825, and $7,475, respectively so you’ll have to decide upon inspection whether the $4,525 premium the private seller is hoping to get with what he describes as his “museum quality” LS400 is worth it.
In January 1989, Toyota set it sights squarely on the German luxury car brands when it announced the debut of its new V8 powered, rear wheel drive LS400 flagship luxury sedan under the new Lexus brand name at the North American International Auto Show. By September of that year, Lexus set up a new Lexus dealer network to sell the LS400 alongside the smaller Camry-based ES250.
While the LS400’s styling was widely criticized at the time for being too conservative, the luxury and performance of the car was highly praised. The car’s new 4.0 liter 1UZ-FE 32-valve V8 produced a respectable-for-the-period 250 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque that transferred power to the rear wheels via a very smooth shifting four-speed automatic transmission; this powertrain was capable of a 0-60 miles per hour time of 8.5 seconds and its top speed was electronically limited to 155 miles per hour. Toyota was obsessed with ensuring it’s new flagship car was as quieter than any of its rivals, so the LS 400 nearly 300 technological innovations designed to aid smooth operation and silence which included fluid-dampened glove box and console doors, vibration-insulating rubber mounts, and sandwich steel body panels. All of their efforts paid off in the form of a quiet cabin with an industry leading 58 decibels at 62 miles per hour.
The private seller is clearly very proud of his LS400 and while he has made several modifications (steering wheel, tail lights, and marker lights) during his ownership, he has also gone through the trouble of keeping the original parts that are part of the sale. In addition to the seller’s thorough description, he also provides a link to 60 other photos that we won’t replicate here.
With only 57K miles and oil changes every 3K miles, this LS400 is barely broken in. First generation LS400 sedans have proven themselves to be very comfortable and reliable performers so you likely won’t be disappointed with this one. Good luck with the purchase!