5k: 1992 Lexus SC400

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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