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#11 of 40 Re: Class Leaders For their Time [fintail]
Apr 25, 2010 (8:55 pm)
The LS was a car for people who wanted a Mercedes that drove like a '60s Cadillac.
#12 of 40 Re: Class Leaders For their Time [roadburner]
Apr 25, 2010 (9:06 pm)
And strangely enough, many people wanted that. A new mixture of vehicle traits that ended up being a home run.
#13 of 40 Re: Class Leaders For their Time [fintail]
Apr 25, 2010 (9:12 pm)
Exactly. I'd die of boredom if I had to drive one, but some people DO want to be completely isolated from the driving experience...
#14 of 40 For the 1980s...
Apr 26, 2010 (5:56 am)
...it's hard to beat this:
#15 of 40 Re: Class Leaders For their Time [roadburner]
Apr 26, 2010 (8:21 am)
As the boomers age, L has pretty much a captive market too, as the older the customer gets, the more he will be likely to want the isolation.
And the younger spoiled housewives with their fanatical love of the RX will keep things moving along too. Lexus was either insanely lucky or amazingly brilliant.
#16 of 40 Re: For the 1980s... [lemko]
Apr 26, 2010 (8:23 am)
At introduction, compared to the rest of the automotive world, that car was so far ahead of the competition that I don't know if a similar gap has existed in modern history.
#17 of 40 Re: For the 1980s... [lemko]
Apr 26, 2010 (8:49 am)
Yes, no doubt about it. I was stunned (in a positive way) when I first saw that big MB at the Chicago Auto Show. Like you, I admired the domestic luxury brands, but my thought when I looked at that MB was "Wow, how are Cadillac and Lincoln ever going to compete with that?!"
#18 of 40 Re: Class Leaders For their Time [fintail]
Apr 26, 2010 (10:06 am)
Guess the poorer boomers will have to settle for the pseudo-Lexus Avalon - retro ads and all.
#19 of 40 Re: For the 1980s... [hpmctorque]
Apr 26, 2010 (10:08 am)
I have a copy of what I think was the first US road test of the W126, a loaded 380SEL tested by R&T, January 1981. They were amazed by it, summing it up with "In fact, the Mercedes 380SEL is so good that it's difficult to draw comparisons between it and other luxury sedans, domestic or imported. Quite simply, Mercedes' new S-class is a class unto itself."
Of course, it should have been good...MSRP on their test unit was 45K!
#20 of 40 Re: Class Leaders For their Time [lemko]
Apr 26, 2010 (10:08 am)
I am sure they will be quite happy..."baby Lexus" etc names will be given to it.