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by Tim Beissmann

After almost a decade, Lexus has ended production of the Lexus SC 430 convertible.

As the brand’s first hard top coupe-convertible, Lexus credits the SC 430 with paving the way for its current “L-finesse” design language.

With the retirement of the SC 430 also comes that of its 4.3-litre V8 engine, which is no longer fitted to any other Lexus vehicles.

The engine had a role to play in the development of the IS F sedan, with the initial hand-built prototypes featuring the “bulletproof” V8.

In its time on sale in Australia, 690 examples of the SC 430 were sold, with the numbers trailing off in its final years. Just one SC 430 was sold in 2010, compared with 17 in 2009 and 14 in 2008.

Lexus Australia chief executive, Tony Cramb, said the phasing out of the SC 430 represented a changing of the guard for the prestige Japanese marque.

“The end of production of SC 430 signals the start of a new era for Lexus, one defined by L-finesse design and innovation,” Mr Cramb said.

“Lexus is currently gearing up for the next decade when we will launch our first supercar, the LFA, along with a host of new product including our first hatch, the CT 200h.”




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