Normally we don’t really report on a new car unless there’s some link to a past model, like a revived beloved nameplate, or some throwback design touches. There’s not much that’s retro about the new Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series, but its limited color, Nori Green Pearl, is absolutely stunning and quite nostalgic.
Many of us at JNC are part of the green car fan club. Just look at that color. They make these images look like could’ve come straight from the pen of Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman. Luxury cars nowadays are all white, black, or some type of gray in between. There definitely aren’t enough green cars anymore. Incidentally, nori is Japanese for the seaweed that is often found on Japanese cuisine.
This particular shade of green also hearkens back to the many great Toyota greens of the past, like those on early Celicas, Corollas, and Corona Mark IIs (RIP). Of course, it wasn’t just Toyota; olive greens were universally beloved for decades. My parents had a 1972 Chevelle Malibu in this color.
Even better, Lexus paired the color with a Saddle Tan and Black Amber interior that matches perfectly with the exterior. The two make the already striking LC 500 even more beautiful, like a retro-futuristic concept car come to life.
There’s one more aspect of the Lexus LC 500 that is decidedly retro. It comes with a 471 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 that sounds like angels. Our sources indicate that this will be the last of the big-displacement, naturally aspirated Lexus engines thanks to increasingly stringent fuel economy requirements. Lexus is only going to make 100 Nori Green Pearl LCs when it goes on sale this fall for the 2020 model year, so you better get one while you can.
Images courtesy of Lexus.