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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2008 Lexus SC 430 Convertible

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Yesterday we saw a cool new teaser from Lexus for a new convertible they plan to reveal next week at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The new show car is called the Lexus LF-C2 Concept. While we still don’t have any clue as to what exactly the concept will be, one of the possibilities we stated was that the LF-C2 could preview a revived Lexus SC 430 convertible concept.

Naturally, that got us thinking about the old Lexus SC 430 today we quickly dug into our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction database to find this silver beaut’ up for sale:

2008 Lexus SC 430

This is a 2008 Lexus SC 430 hard-top convertible in classic metallic silver. Interestingly, the SC model made its debuted in Japan just a few years before, at the end of 2005, and it was actually the first car sold under the Lexus marque in the automaker’s home market. As a 2008 model, this would’ve been the most up-to-date SC 430 available in Japan. The only more recent model would’ve been the limited edition SC 430 Eternal Jewel, which was a 200-unit production run in 2010 to celebrate the SC’s last year alive.

2008 Lexus SC 430 auction find

Looking a little closer at this particular Japanese car auction find, we can see that it’s in pretty good condition. The overall rating is a 4.5 with a B-grade interior, and only a few minor scratches(A1 and A2) across the entire exterior. Speaking of the exterior, be sure to note the sleek, inlaid twin-spoke alloys that Lexus put into this second-generation model. Looking at this car, it’s easy to see why long time Toyota fans are still hoping for a revival of this car.

Under the hood, it becomes a little clearer why the SC 430 got axed; it’s a bit of a gas guzzler. The massive 4.3L V8 engine sitting under the hood is plenty strong with 288hp, but you pay the price in fuel economy… The convertible gets 16mpg city and 23mpg highway. That being said, drivers everywhere agree the SC 430 has a remarkably quiet and well-crafted interior, plus buttery smooth driving dynamics. So, as Edmunds originally wrote in their 2008MY review, you’d do better calling this a luxury cruiser than a true sporting roadster.

2008 Lexus SC 430 convertible interior

Nonetheless, the luxuriousness of the interior shouldn’t be understated. We’re talking heated leather seats, a modern all-black color-scheme, built-in navigation, plenty of front leg room, infotainment options, automatic air conditioning and more.

All in all, this certainly isn’t the greenest car Lexus has ever made, but there’s slim pickings for hard-top convertibles; especially ones as reliable and plush as this 2008 Lexus SC 430. Keep reading below the auction sheet for a detailed translation of the auction sheet:

2008 Lexus SC 430 auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered April 2008, FAT, AAC, SC430 model, original AWs, power steering, power windows, leather, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, AM radar, black leather seats, spare key, original multifunction system, some service history by Lexus dealer (6 pages), steering wheel worn, seats worn, wheels scratched, scratches and dents, marks as per map”

The Lexus LF-CC — Where Lexus Is Going With The Next Generation 2014 IS Series

Posted by Stephen On Friday, September 28th, 2012

With the Paris Auto Show 2012 in full swing, we knew that we were going to see a big show from the heavy hitters, and with the warm reception Lexus’s LF-LC 2+2 Hybrid Sport Coupe received during the Detroit Auto Show, we were all anxiously waiting to see if Lexus would tip their hat as to which direction they’d be going in 2014. Well, tip they did with the unveiling of what is being dubbed Lexus’s “mystery coupe.”

Actually called the LF-CC, this mid-sized coupe concept from Lexus is amazingly sleek, stylish and just looks downright sexy. With a 2.5 liter, four-cylinder engine combined into the water-cooled electric motor, we’re looking at the future of elegance, luxury and sustainability all rolled into one here. And while the full-hybrid drivetrain will certainly bring the highest performance mixed in with optimal fuel economy, mum’s the word from Lexus on the specs right now.

The New Lexus LF-CC

Needless to say, the speculation is good. Lexus kept with its family-orientated design schematics that link the LF-CC and LF-LC together. They kept the jaw-dropping, redesigned Lexus spindle grille indicating that the company might be rethinking their forward-facing direction. The key difference with the LF-CC is that it while the LF-LC seemed directly designed with the family in mind, the metallic surrounding of the grille mesh gives the LF-CC a 3D effect which gives it bite and edge.

But that’s just the beginning; the sleek, smooth lines contrasted with the aggressive body make this look more like something you’d see zipping past you on Autobahn rather than something you’d see Mom driving Junior to soccer practice in. This hybrid is definitely not for the faint of heart. The lower front fenders combine with the front fascia to bring optimal airflow to the coupe, something that makes this design really stand out amongst the crowd at the Paris Auto Show.

Add to that the pragmatic daytime running lamps being integrated into the upper bumper, separate from the astounding 3-LED projector headlights and you can see that the guys over at Lexus’s think tank really went all out with this one. Plus, the brilliant side aesthetics draw the eye seamlessly from the front end design to the rear with its raked windshields and a rear-cresting roof.

The steepness of the sloped back incline not only draws the eye, but the wind over the car in order to really give punch to the rear-drive layout, accented with a sporty wide bumper. This energetic mystery coupe is really breaking boundaries here by blurring the lines of fuel efficiency, economic sustainability and downright speedy sexiness.

Looking Ahead To The 2014 IS Series

Inside the car, the cabin speaks to the “progressive luxury” Lexus is making a shift towards with a dual-zone dashboard consisting of Operational and Display separations. The low-slung seats look brilliant behind the sport steering wheel and the placement of the foot pedals make you feel like you’re sitting in the cockpit of an Indy 500 car.

The bottom line is that the LF-CC gives us a great look at the way Lexus is thinking, particularly with the next generation 2014 IS series currently in design (or under wraps). But the better news is that the Lexus LF-CC has already been approved for production. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what’s next.