By the early 1990s Toyota had solidified its position as a builder of reliable economy cars, but it was still working on breaking into the luxury car market with its Lexus brand. In 1991 Lexus introduced the SC; a sporty 2+2 coupe to compete with Mercedes SL & BMW 8-series. This 1992 SC400 is located in Franklin, IN and offered for the bargain price of $2500 via craigslist.
The SC400 was a good looking car when originally introduced in 1991 and it still looks surprisingly good today. Clean lines – originally penned in Toyota’s Calty design center in California- and classic 2+2 proportions make the SC a future classic in the making.
The SC400 is powered by a 4.0 liter 1UZ-FE V8 engine, putting out 250 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs of torque – all into a 5 speed slushbox automatic transmission. The engine will push the coupe’s 3600 lb mass from 0-60 mph in about 7 seconds – not fast by modern standards – but the smooth V8 has a decent amount of torque and never feels stressed. Suspension is a sophisticated fully independent system all around – but is typically under-sprung and under-damped. Don’t expect razor sharp handling – but it will be comfortable for a commuter. No pics of the inside – but Lexus made cars that will last and if this one has been taken care of it should still look nice.
You really can’t ask a lot for $2500 – but this car delivers: its got a silky smooth V8 – good looks and a decent chassis – not a supercar, but a decent grand tourer. For the price of a head-gasket replacement (which it will probably need soon) you can own this coupe. Do you sell your prized stamp collection and by a Lexus? We would.
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