In a party celebrating the exclusive line, Lexus bids the LFA a fond farewell as they unite the last model with the final US owner of this limited series.
It was love at first sight for Roy Mallady when he first laid eyes on the LFA concept on the cover of a magazine in 2005. He went straight to the nearest Lexus dealership to get his hands on one. The dealership informed him that he would have to wait two years. Unfortunately, Mallady discovered he’d have to wait more than just 2 years.
Completely undaunted, Mallady waited a total of six years and didn’t receive his first silver LFA until 2011.
No stranger to supercars, Mallady has owned Lamborghinis, Porsches, Ferraris and a Maserati Merak. Spending a cool million on two LFAs, he said, “I love it that much, plus I have the first US car, 003, and the last, 499. They’re bookends.”
Only 500 of the V-10 powered supercar were ever made and a mere 178 made it to the US and Mallady got number 499, which was one of just 22 Nurburgring Editions. It was decked out with a steel gray exterior, red brake calipers, a red leather interior and an optional $25,000 carbon fiber roof. Although he sells most of his cars after a year, he decided to keep this one for the rest of his life and we can see why.