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Autotrader Find: Pristine 1990 Lexus LS 400

If you’ve ever wondered what the Lexus LS 400 looked like when it first went on sale way back in 1990, this particular example should give you a pretty good idea. It’s a perfectly preserved early model with just 65,657 miles and a pristine interior and exterior. See the 1990 Lexus LS 400 models for sale near you

Before we cover this particular LS 400, a few words are needed about the model itself. Although the Europeans owned the full-size luxury sedan segment back in the 1980s, the Japanese wanted in. Toyota entered the high-end market in 1990 with the arrival of the LS 400. Cheaper and more reliable than European competitors, the LS 400 was hailed as a new breed of luxury car, and it served as the cornerstone for a wildly successful Lexus brand.

Indeed, while the LS 400 is known for its reliability and longevity, this particular example is more impressive for something else: its museum-piece quality. The interior looks just like it did when it rolled off the factory floor, without any modifications, and it boasts smooth seats free of any visible creases. This LS 400 also retains its factory stereo and wheels and includes no adornments of any kind that diminish from its original appearance.

If this all sounds pretty cool, you’re in luck: This LS 400 is currently for sale at Lexus of Pleasanton in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Pleasanton, California, where it occupies a prominent spot on the showroom floor. The dealership says it’s a one-owner car that’s spent a lifetime in California — and it can be yours for $9,988. Find a 1990 Lexus LS 400 for sale

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  1. My father has a pristine LS400 also from the very first model year. 

    As Toyota’s first entry into the luxury market, these cars are ridiculously overbuilt. Everything is built to last and my dad, a mechanic his entire life, is constantly calling me to regale me with stories of the ludicrous build quality of the tie rod ends or the suspension brackets.
    He often replaces parts ‘because its time’ but always saves the original because he knows he won’t be able to find one as well built and he can always fall back to it if needed.
  2. It’s been said that when Toyota enters new markets (like with this Lexus into the luxury market and Tundra into the truck market), that they overbuild these vehicles to ensure absolute reliability and attempt to build market share. Is that true?

    • Absolutely true, its insane how high end the build quality is on these. Toyota was leaving nothing to chance with their first entry to this segment. My father has been through his nose to tail and everything, from the metal in the suspension arms through to the wiring harness tie offs is all top notch work. 

      Once they hit success and proved themselves they pretty quickly scaled this build quality back.

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