Lexus LFA to be leased, then sold

In a move aimed at preventing speculators from buying Lexus' limited run of 500 LFA supercars, the manufacturer has announced that it will only be leasing the car to interested parties.
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Automotive entrepreneurs have been known to vulture sales of such limited edition vehicles only to resell them at a much higher price, but that won’t be the case with the Lexus LFA.

“If someone buys it the first month and then decides to sell it, that could be damaging for the ownership experience,” said Mr Brian Smith, US Vice President of sales and dealer development for Lexus. “If it is not controlled and hits the speculation market, all bets are off.”

The six-figure coupe will initially be offered on a two-year lease, though Lexus will consider giving lessees the chance to buy the LFA once the lease is over.

Production of the LFA is expected to begin in December 2010.