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#12 of 18 Re: Another [fintail]
May 26, 2011 (8:58 am)
I still remember one time seeing an SC430 being driven by an old woman with lots of jewelry, who looked like she had been left out in the sun too long, and at first mistaking it for some kind of Hyundai! Until I remembered that Hyundai didn't make convertibles...
I think those original SC coupes have aged very well. They didn't do anything for me when they were new, but, like a fine wine, I can appreciate them more now. Wait...maybe not the best reference, since for me, shopping for a fine wine usually involves looking for alcohol content label on the box, and picking the one with the highest number!
#13 of 18 Re: Another [hpmctorque]
May 26, 2011 (8:58 am)
Lexus SC300/SC400. I think they were built somewhere between 1992 - 1998? RWD, either V6 or V8. The 300, which is my favorite had the Supra 3.0l V6 and could be had with a manual tranny. The looks are timless IMO and still one of the best looking Lexus cars in their (short) history
#14 of 18 Re: Another [hpmctorque]
May 26, 2011 (9:00 am)
That's a Lexus SC. IIRC, they came in cheaper SC300, which had an inline 3-liter inline-6, and pricier SC400, which was the 4.0 V-8 that the LS400 sedan used.
I can't remember if they were based on the Toyota Supra, or were a coupe version of the LS400 though. And I think they were only offered as coupes, although convertible conversions may have been done by aftermarket suppliers.
#15 of 18 Re: Another [anythngbutgm]
May 26, 2011 (9:22 am)
I could call the SC a boat. Too bad the swoopy L envisioned it as an SL and not a base CLK with C-class wheels
#16 of 18 Re: Another [andre1969]
May 26, 2011 (9:23 am)
Yes, no factory convertible on the original SC. The 6cyl was a Supra powertrain, and could even be had with a manual. The closest Lexus has came to an original timeless design. 20 years old now and nice SCs are getting harder to find.
#17 of 18 Re: Another [andre1969]
May 26, 2011 (9:25 am)
What a coincidence, the same people drive those here
I remember when the SC came out, the parents of a kid in my school had one - it seemed very exotic as the nearest Lexus dealer was more than an hour away and these were rare cars in general. I remember it cost 40K then - back when that meant something!
#18 of 18 Chrysler V8 anyone?
by steve_ HOST
Aug 05, 2012 (6:43 pm)
One thing leads to another. The spiritual element here is ground shaking.
"[T]he engines accelerating todayís dragsters and funny cars are direct descendants of the 1964 Chrysler Hemi V-8.
The modern versions, which are tightly regulated by the race-sanctioning bodies, donít use Chrysler parts, but the aluminum blocks are comparable to the 1964 engine and the hemispherical combustion chambers of the cylinder heads are similar. "
At 1,000 Horsepower Per Liter, a V-8ís Life Is Short (NY Times)