Lexus SC430 Production Ends July
Some people might be sad to see it go, some not, but Lexus are bringing SC430 production to an end this July and are offering a special edition to spark interest in the outgoing model.
Lexus’ heavyweight hardtop convertible was never going to set the performance car world on fire but up until recently it was the only model offered by Toyota Motor Co. that could boast 2 doors, RWD and eight (or more) cylinders. On paper it looked good, but in reality the car as a whole didn’t pull off its “sports coupe” designation Toyota gave it in the Japanese market. Nevertheless it was chosen as the replacement car after the long running JZA80 Supra was retired from Super GT competition and has since gained a loyal following among motorsports fans.
Production will end in July and Lexus has planned to produce 200 special edition models named “The Eternal Jewel” and will be available from March 1. The special edition won’t receive any enhanced performance parts so the car will retain its standard 3UZ-FE 4.3L V8 mated to a 6 Super ECT (Super Intelligent 6-speed Automatic) transmission. The Eternal Jewel will be able to be ordered with two-tone colors for the exterior and interior in 14 different combinations with colors such as “Saddle Tan”, “Noble Red”, “Camel” and “Ecru”. A commemorative plate with “The Eternal Jewel” engraved on it will also be added to the gear shift surround. The Eternal Jewel edition SC430 will sell for 7,500,000 JPY.
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