Seeing as it’s the USA’s version of the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, the Lexus GX is already a competent off-roader, and it benefits from the added luxury that comes with being a Lexus. However, this heavily-modified example takes things to another level.
Listed for sale on Cars & Bids, where it sold for $23,750, the 2003 Lexus GX470 has a whopping 192,854 miles (310,368 km) on it, so it’s pretty apparent this car’s appeal doesn’t lie in low mileage. Rather, it comes from the extensive modifications made to it in order to turn it into a formidable off-road machine.
Starting with suspension and gearing, the SUV rides on King 2.5-inch triple-bypass shocks, King front coilovers, a Total Chaos 3.5-inch front long-travel lift, and Califab 3-link rear suspension. The front end was also fully gusseted, encompassing areas such as spindles, upper control arm mounts, and cam tabs, and in terms of new gearing, the GX features a Truetrac locking rear differential as well as a new 4.88 final drive ratio.
Moreover, the Lexus features 17-inch beadlock wheels mounted on 35-inch off-road tires, McQueen Prototype Design widebody front fenders, and a Califab roof rack. The sole engine modification comes in the form of a Magnaflow muffle to beef up the tone. As for the engine, it’s the stock 4.7-liter V8, which sends 235 hp (238 PS / 175 kW) and 320 lb-ft (434 Nm) to all four wheels by way of a five-speed automatic transmission and two-speed transfer case.