The Affordable Touring Coupe

June 4, 2012

Here is a 2000 Lexus SC 300 coupe with 78K miles on the clock that was recently listed on eBay. The auction ended at $5900 but the reserve was not met.

It had a ‘Buy It Now’ price of $13K which is not cheap but still a decent price considering its low mileage.

These cars really never gained the popularity that Lexus was looking for. I guess there was just too much competition back then.

The 1990s were filled with performance cars from Japan. Cars like the 300ZX Twin Turbo, Supra Twin Turbo, 3000GT VR-4 and RX-7 stole the spotlight in the 90s before eventually succumbing to the falling Yen.

These once expensive touring coupes are now affordable to the masses. But surprisingly, bidders for this auction thought this coupe was worth only 6 grand. Even a base Nissan Versa will set you back 15 grand.

Though this car is twelve years old it looks like it just rolled off the assembly line. The design still looks fresh and doesn’t look outdated.

I could imagine myself taking this touring coupe cross country. Still an eye catcher.

Not sure why the gas tank is on the right side. Maybe to keep up with European standards? But then again this isn’t a Toyota, it’s a Lexus.

The dual exhaust gives this car an aggressive look. Don’t really care for the rear spoiler though.

You won’t find any cheap plastics here. It’s all about luxury. Though I prefer beige leather seats the black interior looks just as nice. I would also prefer a manual transmission.

If you’re over 6 feet tall then you’ll probably find the SC 300 a bit cramped inside. As with most coupes the rear seats provide very little legroom. I wouldn’t expect an adult to find the rear seats very comfortable.

This 6-cylinder engine with 78K miles is barely broken in by Toyota standards. Though 225 horsepower is nothing to brag about it still has enough power to keep up with the best of today’s minivans.

What do you think? What’s a fair price for this touring coupe?


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