Lexus SC430

The Lexus SC was a series of personal ultra-luxury coupes that debuted in 1991 as the SC400. The car had a 4.0-liter engine that claimed to have cost millions to develop due to extensive research and design. The introduction of the SC300 followed a year later sporting a 3.0-liter engine. These first two models continued until 2000. At the beginning of 2001, the next generation of the Lexus SC, the hardtop convertible SC430, went into production. While it was the designers from California who brainstormed and designed the first generation Lexus SC300 and SC400, the second generation Lexus SC430 was styled by European designers.

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Lexus SC430 Origins

The Lexus SC430 grabbed the international spotlight at the 2000 Paris Motor Show and became a sensation. It had a quick and powerful 4.3-liter V-8 engine. The aerodynamic and sleek styling of the SC430 became the focus of all eyes. The full-leather interior and retractable hard top with hardwood trim packages made the car synonymous with luxury.

About the Lexus SC430

Considered by many as the ultimate in style and luxury with its good looks and array of options, the SC430 comes in just one well-equipped trim. The standard features of the SC430 include 18-inch alloy wheels rolled over with performance tires, fog lamps, adaptive xenon headlights, a wooden trim, heated auto-dimming exterior mirrors with built-in puddle lamps, driver memory functions, dual-zone fully-automatic climate control, and Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity. The Lexus SC430 has a standard voice-activated navigation function that provides real-time weather and traffic updates. A Mark Levinson music system and six-CD changer are included as well.

Lexus SC430 Features

A 4.3-liter V-8 engine capable of generating 288 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque powers the 2010 SC430. The energy produced propels to the rear wheels through the six-speed automatic transmission system with manual control. The Environmental Protection Agency has pegged the fuel economy of the vehicle at 16/23 mpg city/highway.

While the Lexus SC430 is no longer the phenomenon it once was, the retractable hardtop of the car is still a marvel unto itself. It has a complex mechanism that stacks three aluminum sections very neatly beneath the rear deck lid in 30 seconds. This enables the occupants of the car to enjoy the security and comfort of a coupe, and the pleasure of open-air motoring. A standard wind deflector fits at the back of the front seats to help keep top-down buffering to a minimum.

The Lexus SC430 sports a handsomely designed dashboard built from the best quality materials in the form of luxurious leather upholstery and wooden trim in walnut or bird’s eye maple. The front seats are sufficiently comfortable, but the rear seats are cramped and more suitable for small children. At the back of the vehicle is a very accommodating trunk that ranges from 8.8 cubic feet with a standard spare tire, to 9.4 cubic feet with an optional run-flat tire.

Though the Lexus SC430 is old when compared to today’s luxury cars, it still offers good acceleration and a pleasant driving experience. The exhaust note of the car does not pass for aggressive, but it is considerably loud enough to let anyone know a V-8 engine is present. The suspension of the Lexus SC430 enables the vehicle to absorb shocks effectively, which makes the vehicle a great choice for a leisurely afternoon ride or a full-fledged road trip.

Lexus SC430 Evolution

The 2005 Lexus SC430 upper crust convertible did not have the Lexus Link assistance system. Apart from that, there were only a few minor changes from the earlier versions of the car. The 2005 SC430 has a power-retractable metal roof and very small rear seats meant for occasional use. Standard equipment includes ABS, front side airbags, an anti-skid and traction-control system, leather and wood cabin trim, a tire-pressure monitor, 18-inch wheels, and the premium Mark Levinson music system that carried over to the 2010 model. The other options included in the 2005 Lexus SC430 are run-flat tires and a rear spoiler. The optional run-flats have all-season tread, and the base tires have performance tread. For the 2005 version, the car received improved shock absorbers, and a navigation system with higher detailed graphics and a bigger DVD database.

Select a Lexus SC430 Year

2010 Lexus SC430

Convertible, Luxury

For 2010, there are new dark-hued 18-inch six-spoke wheels, the side mirrors have integrated puddle lamps, and Costa Azul Mica is a new available exterior color. Inside, the SC 430’s navigation and Mark Levinson audio system have been upgraded -- it features iPod/auxiliary and USB connectivity, Bluetooth, and available XM satellite radio with a three-month subscription included.

2009 Lexus SC430

Convertible, Luxury

The 2009 Lexus SC 430 is basically unchanged from previous models; in this case, that’s not an entirely bad thing.

2008 Lexus SC430

Convertible, Luxury

2007 Lexus SC430

Convertible, Luxury

The 2007 Lexus SC430 classifies as a luxury convertible.

2006 Lexus SC430

Convertible, Luxury

The Lexus SC430 was introduced in 2001 and very little has changed.

2005 Lexus SC430

Convertible, Luxury

The 2005 Lexus SC430 comes with new shock absorbers and tires.

2004 Lexus SC430

Convertible, Luxury

The 2004 Lexus SC430 is a two-door coupe convertible that can seat up to four passengers in its 2+2 layout.

2003 Lexus SC430

Convertible, Luxury

The 2003 Lexus SC430 is a convertible that features a very sleek profile with a low roof line.

2002 Lexus SC430

Convertible, Luxury

The 2002 Lexus SC430 is the first sport coupe convertible design for Toyota’s luxury label since the 1992 SC coupe.