Lexus launched the SC in 1991. The first generation included the V8-powered SC 400 in 1991, and the I6-powered SC 300 added in 1992. The second generation, the SC430, went into production in 2001. The SC 430 features a hardtop convertible design and a V8 engine.
In May 1991 Lexus expands its product line to three models with the addition of the SC 400 sport coupe. Designed at Calty Design in Newport Beach, Calif., the stunning coupe shares the tradition of Lexus luxury and adds a healthy dose of sport. In August 1991 the SC 300 sport coupe, which features a 3.0-liter inline-six engine, joins the Lexus family.
The classic SC 400/300 sport coupes receive improved performance for the 1998 model year with the addition of Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) in both six and eight-cylinder engines and a 5-speed automatic transmission in the SC 400.
In April 2000 Lexus announces plans for the SC 430 convertible at the New York Auto Show and in January 2001 the second-generation SC, the SC 430, was launched at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Sales begun in May 2001.
A special edition SC 430 "Silver Belle" is offered through the 2001 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. All 99 vehicles are sold within 14 hours. One vehicle is auctioned via the Internet with the proceeds going to the American Red Cross in honor of the September 11 terrorist attack victims.
In August 2003 to commemorate Lexus’ partnership with the Pebble Beach Resorts, a SC 430 Pebble Beach Special Edition of the retractable hard-top convertible is introduced with a limited run of 400 units. The special edition features exclusive Azure Metallic paint, Azure painted aluminum wheels, Ecru leather interior with black walnut wood trim, special badging and blue illuminated door sill scuff plates.