• Jan 21, 2010
Much unloved by the automotive press and lately by consumers who haven't been buying them, the folding-hardtop Lexus SC430 is possibly ending its production run this July. To celebrate and honor the occasion, Lexus is releasing a special edition. Called "The Eternal Jewel," this special edition SC430 should be at Japanese domestic market Lexus dealers by March.

Only 200 are being made and all we know is what we see in the above photograph, i.e. nice looking leather. We doubt any will make it to our shores. If SC430 production does end, that leaves the door open for Lexus to continue in the direction laid down by the IS-F and LF-A and bring out a sporty SC replacement, hopefully along the lines of the original SC300 and SC400, visually at least. We'll keep you posted as we learn more. Tip of the sun-blocking baseball cap to Leopaul!

[Source: Lexus]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "If SC430 production does end, that leaves the door open for Lexus to continue in the direction laid down by the IS-F and LF-A and bring out a sporty SC replacement, hopefully along the lines of the original SC300 and SC400, visually at least."

      Amen to that, Jonny. The original SC was a styling tour de force. The first cars are the best ones, before they added the little grille on the front, and dinked with the taillights. I remember reading about the lengths they had to go to, packaging everything up front, to get that semicircular front end. Wow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope the new one will be better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Eternal Jewel?
      Isn't that a package you get at the funeral home? lol
      In all seriousness, this car was butt ugly.
      It was an insult to let this thing share the SC name with the gorgeous SC300/400.
      Lexus needs to make a car that looks like that again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Granted, it's a bit stale at this point, but when this model made its debut in 2001 it was widely applauded and considered to be somewhat of a game changer.

      With that said, I'm excited to see if Lexus can up the sport quotient with the replacement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I honestly thought they ended a couple years ago...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone is smoking the Lexus tobaccy today....or is quoting a paid off advertiser from yesteryear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or I'm just not ignorant about this car like most of the posters on here today. Ive driven these and am vary familiar with the car and many other Lexus's so I feel as if my comment is actually valid compared to those who have never even sat in one of these cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know this is an enthusiast site and all but believe it or not some of us value cars which have good road manners above sporty pretensions. I have to drive 30 minutes each way to and from work and engine noise is something I quickly get tired of. I'd rather drive this Lexus then say, the Jaguar XK convertible.

      That said. I'd much prefer a SL500 but then again it is 30K+ more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll be sure to pick one of these up for my grandma.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hell, I didn't even know they were still making that load. And I'll bet I'm not alone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the fact that the car is almost 10 years old and still being produced is kinda cool. I agree when it came out - it was "cool". Even if it WAS a "rich old lady car"
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was the perfect rich old lady car. Because it had a super smooth V8, rode super soft, and was ridiculously reliable. It was just too much money to pay for a "pleasant" car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When the SC430 first came out I found it beautiful although a little cramped in the interior. After almost a decade without a major revision, it is already showing its age.
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