This July, the last SC 430 will roll off the assembly line. As there are no announcements about a new-generation version, 2010 will become the year of death for the Lexus SC hardtop convertible.
For the latter half of the last decade, the sales of the SC 430 significantly declined. In 2002, Lexus sold 14,462 vehicles, but seven years later, in 2009, there were only 1,000 units sold. The decline might be caused by the fact that, since its debut at the 2000 Paris Motor Show, the SC 430 faced no major redesigns that would keep the vehicle competitive and fresh.
To commemorate the departure of the SC 430, which was once called the jewel of Lexus, the company plans to release a special edition convertible named The Eternal Jewel. The special edition features no performance upgrade. The only change the car gets is the color scheme. The convertible can be ordered in one of the 14 contrasting color combinations. The limited edition SC has a run of 200 units, and it'll be offered for Japanese market only. So the only way to get that convertible here is to import one from Japan.