Junkyard Gem: 2002 Lexus GS 300

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Junkyard Gem: 2002 Lexus GS 300 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 16 Oct 2021 11:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Junkyard Gem: 1991 Lexus ES 250

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Junkyard Gem: 1991 Lexus ES 250 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 19 Sep 2021 11:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Junkyard Gem: 1997 Lexus LS 400

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Junkyard Gem: 1997 Lexus LS 400 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 9 May 2021 09:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Top 5 most expensive cars at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction

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Hundreds of vehicles saw their few seconds in the auction spotlight over the past week at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, and we have a short list of the top five most expensive to sell.

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Top 5 most expensive cars at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lexus RC F takes star turn in ‘Men in Black: International’ blockbuster

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Co-stars include a weapons-carrier Jaguar XJ and hovercycle.

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Online Find of the Day: Lexus-engined Mercedes pickup is a vintage hybrid

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1971 Mercedes-Benz 220D Pickup with a Lexus V8

You have to love someone who gets incredibly committed to a very weird idea. What you see for sale here is a right-hand drive 1971 Mercedes-Benz 220D in South Africa, but this old Mercedes is now converted into a pickup, complete with bed cover, and there's big secret under the hood, too.

The pickup conversion appears well done based on seller Sedgefield Classic Cars' photos. Even the tonneau cover fits well. You could almost believe that this Mercedes lived its life as a Chevrolet El Camino-like pickup from the very beginning.

However, the rear-quarters conversion might not be the weirdest thing about this Mercedes. The original diesel is gone from the engine bay in favor of a Lexus V8. It seems really odd to pop the hood and find a Japanese mill in this German car, but the photos make it look like a fairly well performed swap. So, bravo to the crazy thinking. According to the seller speaking to Autoblog by email, "as far as we can establish, this was done a few years ago, with all Lexus components."

Given the quality of the pickup conversion and engine swap, the interior could use a refresh. Though still useable, the seats are pretty beat up. We'd like to see the existing ones recovered, possibly in a modern but appropriate Lexus leather to subtly carry on the theme indoors.

After all of the work, this Mercedes is now a hybrid of German styling and Japanese power wrapped up in a pickup. However, the pricing for all of this weirdness is incredibly reasonable. The seller is asking a pretty reasonable-sounding 75,000 South African rand (about $6,810 at current exchange rates). We just wish it were located in the US.

Online Find of the Day: Lexus-engined Mercedes pickup is a vintage hybrid originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Watch Lexus SEMA showcars get crushed

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Anyone familiar with the annual SEMA show should recognize the name Fox Marketing. After all, the company shows up to the tuning show in Las Vegas every year with an interesting creation or two. But now, we're going to watch two of those modded vehicles meet their demise.

In the video, Brian Fox talks about the two vehicles being sent to the crusher - a twin-turbocharged Lexus IS F and special IS C - saying that all manufacturers crush their media fleet vehicles. That's not entirely true, though. Yes, many press vehicles are crushed, but they're commonly of the pre-production sort or are simply cars that were never issued VINs. Show cars, like these SEMA one-offs, are usually crushed, as well.

Scroll down to see the action unfold, though we recommend jumping ahead to the 2:00 mark - that's where things start to get interesting. Click through the gallery below, as well, to see some still shots from Fox Marketing's day at the crusher.

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Watch Lexus SEMA showcars get crushed originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 28 May 2012 19:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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