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Lexus LFA Sales Grew 50 Percent in Its Seventh Year Out of Production

Road & Track logo Road & Track 1/3/2020 Mack Hogan
a blue car parked on the side of a building: It may have been out of production for the past seven years, but Lexus LFA sales actually increased in 2019.© Lexus It may have been out of production for the past seven years, but Lexus LFA sales actually increased in 2019.

The Lexus LFA was never meant to be a sales leader. If its limited production volume wasn't enough to hold it back, its high price and lack of supercar pedigree probably didn't help. And, yet, it was critically praised, with some calling it one of the all-time great supercars. Well, it's finally catching on: LFA sales increased by a whopping 50 percent last year, over the prior year.

Sales rocketed from 2018's lull of 2 all the way up to 3. It's not the high point of LFA sales, as most were sold during the production run, but it's good to see that a car can improve its sales numbers even seven years after the last one rolled off the assembly line.

This pace can't continue forever, though. In mid 2017, Toyota confirmed to Autoblogthat 12 LFAs, of the 500 built, had never been registered. Since then, the publication has kept tabs on ongoing LFA sales, with the 2019 sales bringing the total unregistered examples down to five. That's only a 20-month supply at the current pace of sales.

The slow burn of LFA supply off of dealer lots has been the subject of many articles. Manufacturers don't typically disclose individual sale details, but it's safe to assume these cars haven't been sitting on snowy lots in Wisconsin waiting for the right buyer to mosey on in. Instead, the LFA's status as a halo car led to many dealers sitting on cars as investment items or display pieces.

"These are older models that have been in dealerships, some are on display and some are held for dealer’s personal collections, etc.," Toyota and Lexus spokesman Corey Proffitt said in an email. "At some point this year, those dealers updated their records which changed the car’s status from dealer owned to personal, which technically triggers a sale on the Lexus records."

All of this likely happens with other cars, too. It's just that most high-end exotic cars aren't built by companies that break out individual model sales. While it'd be interesting to track when the last McLaren P1 or Ferrari FF left the lot, those companies only report overall sales figures for the brands.

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