The concept of a “personal luxury car” dates back many decades in automotive history. Ford positioned the Thunderbird under this classification in the 1950s, and many other automakers have built models to fill the same type of segment. Enjoying personal luxury means having all the comforts and amenities of a full-size high-end sedan packaged into a two-door coupe or a sports car. Lexus took the idea and ran with it, too.
“Very clean original SC400,” the listing begins. “Solid car with very strong engine and transmission.”
This pearl white coupe comes from the first model year of Lexus’ four-seat grand-tourer. The SC was offered in the United States for two generations between model years 1992 and 2010, and it was sold in other markets as the Toyota Soarer. The car complemented Lexus’ successful flagship model, the LS400, and gave diversity to the product lineup as the brand was still fairly new.
Showing just 62,857 miles on the odometer, this SC looks like a cream puff despite being over 30 years old. The seller states that 80 percent of the paint is original. In fact, most of the car looks to be original aside from a set of later-model Lexus six-spoke chrome wheels. Included in the gallery of nearly 50 photographs is an up-close image showing some damage to the front bumper cover, but otherwise the inside and outside of the vehicle look well-preserved.
Power for the SC luxo-coupe was available in two variations: A 3.0-liter 2JZ-GE inline-six, or a 4.0-liter 1UZ-FE V8. Today’s example is badged as an SC400, and the “400” means it uses the larger motor. Ratings for the SC400 were 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
The listing outlines mechanical updates that have been performed on this SC as follows: “Recent new items include all new suspension components to factory,” the listing says. “New brakes and rotors, new tires, new converted A/C, new alternator and battery, new hood and trunk struts.”
The SC400 had advanced engineering for its time, and its price tag reflected that. The $37,500 suggested retail price that this car carried new converts to a whopping $79,600 today.
This low-mileage SC is priced at $18,775, and with the upward movement of Japanese car collectability, it could be the perfect ride for traveling in personal luxury while also watching the car appreciate in value.