A couple of months ago, Lexus introduced its flagship 2021 LC 500 grand tourer as a convertible. You now have a chance to own the very first production drop-top LC 500, VIN 100001, when it crosses the auction block later this week at Barrett-Jackson's 2020 Scottsdale sale. The charity sale will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Lisa Materazzo, vice president of marketing for Lexus, said in a statement, “We’re very excited to expand our flagship LC family with the launch of the all-new 2021 LC 500 Convertible, but the most important thing about the auction is the money we raise for two amazing charities. We’re thrilled to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America in its efforts to provide services to children across the country as well as the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s goal to help our veterans and their families.”
One of just 100 “Inspiration Series” LC 500 ragtops to be built, the Structural Blue #1 car is getting extra-special treatment with one-of-a-kind Liquid Platinum colored headlamp, side intake, side mirror, and taillamp “garnishes.” The forged aluminum 21-inch wheels are also finished in Liquid Platinum. Blue brake calipers match the exterior finish. Finishing off the special touches are carbon-fiber sill plates inscribed with “LC Inspiration Series Launch Exclusive 1 of 1.”
The winning bidder of the no-reserve auction will get an exclusive Lexus Performance Driving Experience with Lexus brand ambassador, racer Scott Pruett, along with a round of golf and a three-night stay at the Pebble Beach resort and golf course.
Also included in the sale will be a collection of memorabilia, including a framed styling sketch of the car, a portfolio of photos of the car being assembled at the Motomachi plant, and a one-of-one certificate of authenticity signed by the plant manager as well as the LC 500's chief vehicle engineer, Koji Sato. In case you are not familiar with the pecking order, a vehicle chief engineer at Toyota is regarded as just below Japanese Emperor Naruhito.
Completing the auction package will be another first, the first set of Zero Halliburton's new Lexus inspired luggage, custom-fitted for the LC 500 Convertible's trunk.
Mechanically, the special edition #1 LC 500 Convertible is unchanged from the rest of the standard LC 500 production run, with a naturally-aspirated, direct-injection V-8 engine putting out 471 horsepower and almost 400 lb-ft of torque, driving the rear wheels through a 10-speed automatic gearbox. It’s a lovely, concept-car-styled grand tourer with a sonorous engine that we imagine would sound great from inside an open cabin.
Toyota won't be making a penny off the sale—100 percent of the auction price will go to the charities. If you want to bid, the LC 500 Convertible is scheduled to go on the block at approximately 4:30 PM MST, on Friday, January 17, 2020.