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Autotrader Find: Ultra-Rare Lexus IS 300 SportCross in Red

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author photo by Doug DeMuro May 2017

Many people are surprised when they discover that Lexus -- noted manufacturer of automobiles that make you feel like you're driving a pillow -- produced a sporty station wagon. But they did make a station wagon: It's called the IS300 SportCross, they made it in the early 2000s, and only about 14 human beings bought them.

Okay, 14 might be a slight exaggeration, but they didn't sell many: There are currently only ten Lexus IS300 SportCross models listed on all of Autotrader, across the entire country, and the one pictured above has the lowest mileage. It's a bright red 2002 example with just 97,000 miles, and it's offered for sale by MemberCar in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., for $8,981. Yes, that's right: You can have an ultra-rare Lexus wagon with relatively low mileage for under nine grand!

But do you want one?

You might be surprised to find out that yes, you probably do. The IS300 SportCross isn't your typical 2000s Lexus with a soft ride and floaty suspension. It's rear-wheel-drive, it's surprisingly quick, and it's based on the surprisingly spry IS300 sport sedan, which came out in 2001. It used a 3.0-liter straight six -- the same engine as the nonturbo Toyota Supra -- and it made a little over 200 horsepower. The SportCross's only real drawbacks are the fact that Lexus never offered it with a manual transmission (even though they did offer the regular IS300 with three pedals), and the fact that it's almost impossible to find.

But now that I've found this one for you, you can buy it, and you can enjoy the notoriety that comes with having probably the rarest Lexus of all time. Admittedly, there's absolutely no notoriety that comes with that. But you'll know it's cool -- and so will I.

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This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Autotrader Find: Ultra-Rare Lexus IS 300 SportCross in Red - Autotrader