The first 2-door coupes from Lexus, called the SC 300 and SC 400, were introduced in 1992. It broadened the range of competitors to include BMW 840i and 325, Cadillac Eldorado and Lincoln Mark VIII, Mercedes-Benz E320, Jaguar XJS, Buick Riviera and Acura Legend LS coupe.

Year-to-year changes[edit | edit source]

1995[edit | edit source]

Equipped with a manual transmission, the SC 300 used a 6-cylinder engine shared with the GS 300 and Toyota Supra for 1995. SC 400 got its additional power from the new LS 400's V8, but otherwise had no major changes.

Both coupes shared the same body/chassis with different suspension tuning to accommodate the different engines. Additionally, the SC 400 had items of standard equipment that were options on the 300, leather upholstery, driver's seat memory, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Both cars had optional traction control.

The automatic transmission was an SC 300 option, standard on the SC 400. The SC 300's manual gearbox was a pleasure to use, and added a dimension to its performance not found in many of its competitors. 

Because of the extreme curvature of the body side, hinging the doors has been a problem, so the doors wouldn't open as wide as some. The only visual cues to SC 300 versus SC 400 identity were the SC 400's small airdam, larger (and different pattern) wheels, and the badges on the back.

1999[edit | edit source]

Daytime running lights and a 6-disc CD player became standard for this model year. Both the SC 300 and SC 400 ended production on July 7, 2000.

Retail prices[edit | edit source]

As of March 1994:

  • $40,000 (1995 Lexus SC 300)
  • $47,500 (1995 Lexus SC 400)

As of September 2, 1994:

  • $40,900 (1995 Lexus SC 300)
  • $48,400 (1995 Lexus SC 400)

As of February 24, 1995:

  • $41,700 (1995 Lexus SC 300)
  • $49,400 (1995 Lexus SC 400)

As of July 28, 1995:

  • $42,300 (1995 Lexus SC 300)
  • $50,100 (1995 Lexus SC 400)

As of September 1, 1995:

  • $43,400 (1996 Lexus SC 300)
  • $52,400 (1996 Lexus SC 400)

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