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Autotrader Find: 1997 Lexus SC 300 With a Stick Shift
Although you probably don't know Lexus for sporty vehicles that emphasize driver involvement, this SC 300 currently for sale on Autotrader might make you change your mind -- if only just a little. That's because it uses a stick shift -- which means, yes, that's right, we're looking at a rear-wheel drive Lexus coupe with a manual transmission.
Here's a basic overview: the Lexus SC debuted in the early 1990s with two versions. There was the SC 300, which used the same 3.0-liter 6-cylinder as the Toyota Supra, and the SC 400, which used a muscular V8. But while the SC 400 could only be had with an automatic transmission, Lexus did the unthinkable with the SC 300: They offered it with three pedals. That means there was a stick shift Lexus coupe that used a manual transmission, the Toyota Supra's engine and rear-wheel drive. Our Aaron Gold recently wrote a bit of an ode to the original Lexus SC that sums things up better than I can.
And this particular example is especially desirable. While it has high miles (169,000), this 1997 SC 300 is a three-owner car that appears completely unmodified -- making it the only unmodified stick-shift SC 300 on Autotrader. The interior has some wear, but the exterior is in beautiful shape for a 20-year-old vehicle. Most importantly, the current owner -- located in Wilmington, Delaware, and offering the car for $8,900 -- claims to have virtually all records from new.
While I struggle to imagine that virtually any Lexus model (aside from, perhaps, the LFA supercar) will be someday considered "collectible," this one might come as close as possible -- especially considering its relatively original condition.