1995 Lexus SC300 coupe, part of the 1999-2000 Lexus SC 300/400 line of collectible cars
1995 Lexus SC300 coupe

The 1990-2000 Lexus SC 300/400 was a graceful coupe that challenged the Mercedes SL at about half the price. The SC 300/400 was developed from Lexus' respected LS 400 sedan. The coupe had well-balanced handling with good grip in tight turns. It was also a quiet and comfortable cruiser.

The SC 400's V-8 was turbine smooth and powerful. The SC 300 had an in-line six that was also smooth and almost as quick -- for considerably less money. Until 1998 the six was available with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 was automatic only.

Both had plush interiors. Leather was standard in the 400 -- optional in the 300. The back seat was cramped in both.

Pluses of the 1990-2000 Lexus SC 300/400:

  • Pleasing styling
  • Well-built
  • Smooth engines

Minuses of the 1990-2000 Lexus SC 300/400:

  • Tight back seat
  • Fuel economy

Production of the 1990-2000 Lexus SC 300/400:

  • 1991: SC 300 2,401
  • 1991: SC 400 9,374
  • 1992: SC 300 7,982
  • 1992: SC 400 12,695
  • 1993: SC 300 6,451
  • 1993: SC 400 9,624
  • 1994: SC 300 4,537
  • 1994: SC 400 7,392
  • 1995: SC 300 3,356
  • 1995: SC 400 4,364
  • 1996: SC 300 2,390
  • 1996: SC 400 2,557
  • 1997: SC 300 2,999
  • 1997: SC 400 2,043
  • 1998: SC 300 1,766
  • 1998: SC 400 1,243
  • 1999: SC 300 1,731
  • 1999: SC 400 826

Specifications of the 1990-2000 Lexus SC 300/400:
Wheelbase, inches: 105.9
Length, inches:
191.1
Weight, pounds:
3,455-3,625 Price, new: $31,100-$55,905

Engines for the 1990-2000 Lexus SC 300/400:

Type Size Horsepower Years
dohc I-6183 cid 225 1991-2000
dohc V-8242 cid
250-2901991-2000

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