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Autotrader Find: 1997 Lexus SC 300 With a Stick Shift

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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2017

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.

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