When is a Lexus not a Lexus?
When it’s an Allard.
Two of these creations were built to attract investors for a new Le Mans car in the early 1990s. They failed and now one of the two is up for sale.
The Allard team’s intent was to build a customer racecar and also have a road car tie-in, an Allard designed supercar. The Allard J2 supercar was to have been loosely based upon the J2X Group C chassis, and use a detuned Allard-badged Cosworth DFR. Though the J2 was a future project to be completed after the J2X was successfully on the track, two Lexus LS400s were modified by Allard (mainly styling, aerodynamics, and interior) and used as lures for potential manufacturer backing for the J2X. The LS400s were presented to Toyota in hopes that they would be interested in the Allard tie-in, to sell a low-volume exclusive, the Allard LS400. In fact Toyota did show interest, but confusion amongst the Allard partners led to them being unable to present a clear marketing proposal. Toyota quickly lost interest.
Thanks to @infomotiveUK for the tip off.
Link to the full story : http://archive.dailysportscar.com/subscribers/technical/allardj2x.htm