Every so often I wake up and remember that I once bought a Lexus for $600, fixed it up, then almost immediately destroyed it with 48 hours of rallycross.
There was a particular moment we realized it: this car was going to the junkyard.
You know, I could just take it to the junkyard any time. You hear that, Lexus? CAN YOU HEAR ME? ANYTIME I WANT.
Five months ago, I bought a 1993 Lexus ES300 with an ultra-rare factory five speed for $600. Here's the car's first drive after coming home, and it was a doozy.
With a '93 Lexus ES300 with a five-speed manual set to become Jalopnik's next all-conquering racecar, we have to wonder what this car was like when new. Clearly, it was the pinnacle of sports sedan design.
A few weekends ago I bought one of the rarest cars in the country. It is one of the best-built cars of all time, it has a five-speed manual, and a 3.0 liter V6. Naturally, it's a Lexus. Welcome to Jalopnik's newest racecar.
I know what you're thinking. Wasn't the Lexus ES300 that Toyota Camry with leather that old people and maybe your mom liked to drive? The answer to that is "no." Well, it's also "yes," but if you really looked closely, you'd see nothing but the sportiest sportster of sports sedans.
When you see pink paint on an engine in the junkyard, that means only one thing: Cash For Clunkers victim! The latest wave of Clunkercides in my local yards seems to be mostly Lexus cars.