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Abandoned Show Cars In Junkyard Are An Unexpected Sight

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Abandoned Show Cars In Junkyard Are An Unexpected Sight

It's hard to imagine one of the shiny show cars that pack the floors of the annual SEMA show sitting partially stripped in a junkyard, but as these revealing pictures illustrate that is exactly where some of them end up.

Although we found these pictures showing a pair of Lexus show cars waiting for destruction on GTspirit they were originally posted by Autoguide this past week.


Both the IS-F and IS350C were built for and shown at the 2009 SEMA show by a company called Fox Marketing. Along with all of the typical SEMA show car touches you might expect, the IS-F had a 600 horsepower twin-turbo 5.0 liter V8 while there was a 405hp 3.5 liter V6 engine underneath the hood of the IS350C.

It seems reasonable to wonder how two expensively modified and relatively new former show cars have ended up stripped and waiting for the crusher so quickly. The explanation is actually less criminal or accidental in nature than you might think—both cars were built for the exclusive purpose of being used as show cars. Because they both left the factory with no VINs the construction and subsequent modification were tax write-offs for both Lexus and Fox Marketing.



The downside of this financial benefit is that both cars would inevitably have to be destroyed. Although they've been stripped of as many parts as is allowed by law, these two cars will meet their ends with the high dollar engines still mostly intact under the hood. Even more surprising is how many other show cars built for SEMA and other promotional events meet a similar fate for the exact same reason.

From toast of the show to scrap metal in a few short years, the existence of a show car is certainly a fickle thing.
 

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Isn't it part of some agreement that those cars are bound for the crusher before they leave the factory?

Either way, I'd love to get my hands on that ISF engine
 

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At first I said wtf... but it's understandable since those cars were never cleared to be registered on the road.
 

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They are stripped, ie only the shells end up here. Not even the suspension mods are crushed, most of the parts are taken off the car
 

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They are stripped, ie only the shells end up here. Not even the suspension mods are crushed, most of the parts are taken off the car
Check again, the suspension is intact (OEM or otherwise, its there) and the engine MUST be in place at the time of destruction. That is part of the law regarding these models as the engine may be a pre-production unit which would not meet emissions requirements. Therefore the government deems it must be destroyed.
 

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The turbo kits etc were removed but the motors are still there. You can tell when its getting crushed the engine is still in it.
People are getting all pissed off about it but these cars were intended for the crusher when they were on the assembly line. They are some of the very first ones that are used to test and get feedback about what needs to be changed before full production kicks in to swing. Its kind of like a race car those things are set for a life of doom from day 1.
 
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