As the name suggests, the vehicle features an inbuilt record player in lieu of its glovebox.
The vehicle was built as a promotional exercise with music publication Pitchfork, as part of their "Driven by Sound" documentary series.
Lexus involved Los Angeles-based production house SCPS to help outfit the showroom-specification IS350 F Sport for show-car duties.
As record players have a tendency to skip when subjected to vibration, it wasn't a simple exercise to integrate one into a moving car. As a result, the player features a motor to "help stabilise the turntable to avoid skipping while the vehicle is in motion".
Furthermore, Lexus went to the extent of re-tuning the vehicle's suspension to help its new cause.
The record player is large enough accept to a full-size 12-inch record. The analogue signal it produces is fed through the car's 17-speaker Mark Levinson-branded stereo system via an upgraded amplifier.
The Lexus IS Wax Edition will remain a one-off show car and "will not be for sale", according to the brand.
In the 1950s and 1960s US-based manufacturer CBS Electronics built an internal record player for cars known as the Highway Hi-Fi. While the product was heavily promoted by celebrities at the time (shown below with George Harrison) – and Chrysler briefly offered the Hi-Fi system as an option in some vehicles – the idea never caught on.
Vinyl records have undergone a revival recently, with 2021 set to see the sales of wax overtake CDs for the first time in Australia.