The Second-Gen Lexus GS's Front/Rear Symmetry Is Just Part Of Its Beauty: Slideshow

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My first impression of the second-generation Lexus GS sedan: The taillights and the headlights are the same. That’s so cool! Yes, it was the appreciation of a simpleton, but I was on the right track. The car’s aged beautifully.

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The first Lexus GS, penned by Italdesign Giugiaro, was also a looker. Really, it was more aesthetically significant than its successor as one of the best examples of car design transitioning from the “boxy” of the ’80s to the “rounded” of the ’90s.

But the second-gen, which came out toward the end of the ’90s, evolved that original iconoclastic GS design in a mature and elegant way. The new-for-’98 Lexus GS feels fully formed, and not just because the front and rear end lighting mirrors itself.

It’s chunky without being bulky and has a presence without being garish.

2004 was the last year of the GS’s most beautiful body, and the third-gen that replaced it for ’05 started getting flabby and the car’s distinctiveness has been steadily melting away since then.

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2004 Lexus GS430
2004 Lexus GS430
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2004 Lexus GS430 Front
2004 Lexus GS430 Front
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2004 Lexus GS430 Rear
2004 Lexus GS430 Rear
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2004 Lexus GS430 Interior
2004 Lexus GS430 Interior
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2004 Lexus GS430 Front Quarter
2004 Lexus GS430 Front Quarter
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2004 Lexus GS430 Side Profile
2004 Lexus GS430 Side Profile
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2004 Lexus GS430 Rear Quarter
2004 Lexus GS430 Rear Quarter
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Second-Gen Lexus GS With VeilSide Body Kit
Second-Gen Lexus GS With VeilSide Body Kit
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Second-Gen Lexus GS With VeilSide Body Kit
Second-Gen Lexus GS With VeilSide Body Kit
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Early Second-Gen Lexus GS Group
Early Second-Gen Lexus GS Group
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