Lexus has been teasing the idea of a new luxury coupe since 2012, when the LF-LC concept debuted at the North American auto show in Detroit. It took four years to go from concept to production, and the new Lexus LC convertible was unveiled in 2016 and deliveries commencing in mid-2017.
Then in late 2019, Lexus revealed the new 2021 LC 500 convertible at the LA Auto Show. The first-ever vehicle, VIN 100001, made its apperance at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction in January 2020.
The new LC 500 convertible is more than just the first car off the line – it is also one of just 100 vehicles that Lexus is calling the “Inspiration Series.” These cars will feature limited paint and interior options which befit a luxury flagship car. Things like L-Aniline leather interior, Alcantara door inserts, custom stainless-steel door-sill scuff plates, 21-inch split-five-spoke forged alloy wheels are little touches that will make the Inspiration Series a little extra special.
VIN 100001 is the absolute pinnacle of special, with even more custom treatment given to this 1 of 1 car. In case you had any doubts, the car has carbon-fiber scuff plates imprinted with “LC Inspiration Series Launch Exclusive 1 of 1” to remind you every time you get in or out. It also wears a gorgeous paint job called Structural Blue, with color-matched brake calipers instead of the Nori Green pearl exterior on the other Inspiration Series convertibles. The car even came with its own bottle of wine a 2017 Napa Cabernet by Pruett), custom Halliburton luggage set, and an “exclusive Lexus experience” of some kind.
The chance to own a 1 of 1 car is something that many collectors dream of. One lucky collector got to make that dream come true with a winning bid of $2,000,000 USD for the car. This was of course a charity auction, with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and to the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The car was auctioned around 4:30 PM on Friday, January 17, 2020. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe this may be the highest price paid for any Lexus, ever.
If this sounds familiar, you may remember a very similar auction from the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. It was just a year ago that Barrett-Jackson auctioned the first 2020 Toyota Supra GR VIN 20201 for charity. The highly anticipated car, which sold for $2.1 million, benefited the American Heart Association and The Bob Woodruff Foundation. Like the LC 500 Convertible, the first production Supra was also a 1 of 1 car, with custom colors and materials and an engine cover signed by Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda.
Congratulations to Barrett-Jackson and to the bidders on their amazing contribution to these great charities.