How would you like to own a mint 2001 Lexus LX 470 with just over 1,000 miles on the clock. Well, you can…but there’s a catch.
After 17 years, you’d expect most cars – even tanks like the Lexus LX 470 – to carry some battle scars. When you’re perusing ads on sites like eBay, you might be able to find a car that’s been well maintained throughout its life. Odds are, however, it will have a fair amount of miles its racked up over its years of service.
Well, not this one. This is a nearly-mint 2001 Lexus LX 470 up for sale on eBay right now. And by mint, I mean it has just over 1,000 original miles on the clock. That’s it. The car’s listed on the auction site with a Buy It Now price of $99,000, and the seller markets the vintage Lexus as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for Toyota collectors. That is a bit pricey – the brand new Lexus LX 570 is just north of $90,000, mind you – but it’s a virtually zero-owner car with very low mileage on the clock. It should be, per the seller’s claims, “the lowest mileage LX 470 left in the world.” Sounds great, right? Lexus models have a strong reputation for durability, and this one is nearly perfect.
More than meets the eye
I say nearly perfect. There is one problem. It’s been stolen. No, not by the current owner – it was stolen way back in 2001, before it ever found a home with a customer. According to the eBay listing, the thief (or thieves) made off with this LX 470 17 years ago. Mixed with “Ferraris and other missing exotics”, the 2001 Lexus LX 470 in question sat in a warehouse until it was eventually recovered and it came into the current seller’s possession.
The seller completed a full service on the car last year, to the tune of $3,900. The 2001 Lexus LX 470 packed a 4.7-liter V8 with a whopping 230 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. The car weighs a gargantuan 5,400 pounds and routes that mind-blowing level of horsepower through a four-speed automatic transmission. Oh, how times have changed.
Still, if you’re interested in a 17 year-old Lexus SUV with 1,000 miles on the clock, here’s your chance. The seller does include a link to a car history report, which will show the car as a “salvage”. The insurance company paid the dealership when the car was stolen, so don’t expect to ever sell this car as you would if it had a clean record.
2001 Lexus LX 470 listing gallery [Photos: eBay]