Hopefully we can get this to remain as a sticky, but there has been many questions and mysteries about the rare SC430 cars...the special edition cars
From one car to 100 to 600, Lexus produced some very nicely appointed luxury roadsters from 2002-2010 and had a great run combining class with sport and setting the pace with uncompromised ratings throughout the years. Some of the special edition, limited production cars had and used materials and parts never seen on another SC430 which made them extra special. Now that the SC430 is no longer produced, those cars and their parts will surely fetch a premium at your local dealership.
As the SC430 comes to a lifecycle end (as we know it), I thought it would be nice to put together a meta-analysis of all the SPECIAL EDITION SC430's.
Neiman Marcus (2002) Thundercloud Metallic on Pimento Called “Silver Belle” on Candy Cane Interior. 100 Produced
The very first Special Edition SC430 went on sale in November 2001 as a Neiman Marcus Edition and debuted in the NM famous Christmas Catalog. Only 100 of these precious special edition cars were made. This car set the pace for special edition cars, not only because it was the only one ever made but also used materials and colors never used before like Thundercloud and the Garnet Birdseye Maple interior wood finishes. The “Candy Cane” red interior is exactly the same in the 2005 and 2007 Pebble Beach Editions as well as the Eternal Jewel cars and other JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) vehicles with red interior. The United States did not receive all the exterior and interior colors as Japan did, and one of the surely sought after production interior colors is this Pimento Red. The unique red engine cover and cargo cover pull would be seen again in the 2005 Pebble Beach model, but never used again were those unique door sill lights in blue and the unique stock-oem chrome “dinner plate” style wheels which were a first for the SC430 offerings, in addition to the Garnet wood interior. The car went for $69,000 including a cargo net and wheel locks, but Neiman Marcus sold out quickly and dealers were certainly not discounting this special edition SC430. Perhaps the most striking exterior feature is the beautiful Thundercloud paint which was a hybrid between the Millenium Silver Metallic (regular silver) and a future color that launched in 2006 called Smoky Granite Mica which is a pearl charcoal gray. The color is truly unique, and in true Neiman Marcus fashion…never seen anywhere else! Here is a list of the extra features for the $8,000 more you paid for the Neiman Marcus Edition:
Thundercloud exterior color
Chrome Stock OEM 18” Wheels
Custom car cover with four embroidered red Lexus logos
Pimento Rred leather interior
Two Sets of Candy Cane Red Floor Mats
Red carpeting and door panels
Two pair of custom red floor mats
Red engine cover
Red handle on tonneau cargo cover
illuminated doorsills in blue
Neiman Marcus Badge with unique number on coin holder
Garnet Birdseye maple trim
Official Lexus Press Release:
Some posts that feature Neiman Marcus cars discussions as well as some external links:
Pebble Beach Editions (2004-2009)
The meaning and nostalgia behind Pebble Beach and cars dates back to the Cours D’ Elegance… Lone Cypress. Headquartered on California's scenic Monterey Peninsula, Pebble Beach Company owns and operates the world-famous Pebble Beach Resorts, including The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero. The company also operates four renowned golf courses including Pebble Beach Golf Links, site of the 2010 U.S. Open, marking the fifth playing at Pebble Beach. The company annually hosts premier events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Pebble Beach®, Pebble Beach Resorts® and The Lone Cypress™ are trademarks of Pebble Beach Company.
Most Pebble Beach SC430’s made their red carpet debut at the year before their model’s Concours D’ Elegance Pebble Beach Fashion Show in Pebble Beach, CA usually held in August. Starting in 2007, Lexus debuted two Pebble Beach automobiles at the show…LS, ES and RX in four consecutive years 2006-2009. In 2008, Lexus debuted three different Pebble Beach Editions-the ES, RX and SC. The other pebble beach editions had thousands of production (6k each) versus just a mere 360-600 for the SC. http://pressroom.toyota.com/pr/tms/l...cago+Auto+Show
In addition to the Neiman Marcus SC, LS and GS, now Lexus has become a favorite partner of the world famous fashion and luxury show. Golf, fashion and cars—who could ask for anything more? Here are the cars:
2004 Azure Pearl Blue on Ecru/Black 400 Produced
Lexus today debuted the 2004 Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition retractable hardtop convertible to commemorate its four-year partnership with Pebble Beach Company, launched earlier this year.
The first of only 400 special-edition Lexus SCs was unveiled at the "Lexus Style in the Fast Lane" fashion show, held at the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
The hardtop coupe comes in Pebble Beach Azure Pearl color on its body and wheels. Once inside, it features premium European leather-trimmed seating surfaces, Black Birdseye Maple trim and customized Pebble Beach badging and floor mats. Additional special Pebble Beach Edition Emblems are on the front quarter panels and interior coin tray displaying the “Lone Cypress” Pebble Beach logo inside.
Additionally, each Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition comes equipped with a complimentary black leather Lexus and Pebble Beach Company golf bag.
The 2004 Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition is available for purchase beginning in late August 2003.
2005 Black Diamond on Pimento 600 Produced
Lexus Debuts Vintage-Inspired Pebble Beach Edition SC Retractable Hardtop Convertible Second annual limited-edition SC unveiled at "Lexus Style in the Fast Lane" fashion show at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - August 13, 2004 -- Pebble Beach, CA -- To commemorate its four-year exclusive partnership with Pebble Beach Company, Lexus introduced its second annual 2005 Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition retractable hardtop convertible. Unveiled at the "Lexus Style in the Fast Lane" fashion show on August 13 at the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, this 2005 SC features stunning black and red vintage styling cues from automotive classics. While only 600 are slated for production, its dramatic design and numerous luxury features make the car even more alluring than its exclusivity. As with any SC, the first thing to notice is its spectacular exterior styling. And that's especially true of this edition, considering the never-before-seen exclusive Black Diamond body color and chrome wheels with graphite accents. The Special Edition has specially-made Pebble Beach badging on each front fender, a lone cypress Pebble Beach coin tray and custom red and black embroidered Pebble Beach Logo floor mats. Also inside, the SC reveals vintage colors while maintaining a modern design, with premium Pimento Red leather-trimmed seating surfaces and black bird's-eye maple trim. Even more unique are the subtle details such as a red and silver engine cover, black headlights and red scuff plate illumination. Additionally, each Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition comes equipped with a complimentary black Lexus and Pebble Beach Company Tumi tri-fold garment bag. Unlike most Tumi products, which are made of ballistic nylon, this customized bag is made crafted in full leather. Of course, one of the most impressive features on the Lexus SC is its ability to hide the roof within the confines of its trunk in a mere 25 seconds, while still maintaining enough room for luggage. All without latches, catches, snaps or covers. And when the top is up, it defies traditional convertible logic by remaining solid, secure and weatherproof-sans flutters, drafts or leaks. The 2005 Pebble Beach Edition offered more differentiation than any other Pebble Beach Edition. The two-tone graphite and chrome wheels, the Black Diamond Tricoat, the pimento red interior, red illuminated scuff plates, two sets of special Pebble Beach red mats, the logos, the black smoked headlights, the red engine cover, graphite Lexus emblems, black birds eye wood, the red cargo tray pull and the Tumi Leather Bag all helped make this Pebble Beach truly a “special edition”. All in all, this particular SC430 had 11 different features than it’s regular SC430 siblings.
2006 Tigereye Mica Pearl on Camel 500 Produced
To commemorate its exclusive partnership with The Pebble Beach Company, Lexus introduced its third annual Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition retractable hardtop convertible. Making its debut at the "Lexus Style in the Fast Lane" fashion show at the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the 2006 SC features an exclusive stunning new color combination — Tigereye Mica exterior and camel-color leather interior accented with an espresso dark brown wood trim. Only 500 of the unique Special Editions are slated for production, making the car even more alluring.
The 2006 Pebble Beach SC maintains its dramatic modern design and spectacular luxurious styling features unique to all Lexus models. The Special Edition features custom Pebble Beach badging on the exterior fenders, the center console and embroidered on the floor mats, which complement the exclusive camel-color interior. Additionally, each Special Edition comes with a custom designed (in size and color) luxurious two-piece leather luggage set in rich dark espresso brown with camel-color piping. This travel set fits perfectly in the surprisingly large trunk space of the SC and makes the car ready for a scenic drive around 17-mile Drive.
2007 Starfire Pearl on Pimento 400 Produced
August 15, 2006 - Pebble Beach, CA - In celebration of its exclusive partnership with the Pebble Beach Company, Lexus will introduce the fourth annual Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition retractable hardtop convertible at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Lexus Fashion Preview on Aug. 18.
Evoking a color combination reminiscent of history's classic convertibles, the 2007 SC Pebble Beach Edition features a cream pearlescent exterior paint called Starfire Pearl, with a passionate Pimento Red leather interior and black birds-eye maple wood trim. With only 400 slated for production, this new Pebble Beach Edition SC will be in limited supply.
While sharing the unique styling cues and refined interior trim found in all Lexus models, the new Pebble Beach SC includes special-edition brushed-chrome badging on the front fenders and center console; a Pimento red Pebble Beach logo is embroidered on black carpeted floor mats to complement the interior. The hardtop convertible also features aggressive 18-inch G-Spider alloy wheels, a sleek rear spoiler, and either run-flat summer or run-flat all-season tires.
Since its debut as the first retractable hardtop in the premium luxury segment, one of the SC 430's most notable features has been its ability to stow the roof within the confines of its trunk in a meager 25 seconds, while still maintaining enough room for luggage. This is accomplished without latches, catches, snaps or covers. When the top is up, it defies traditional convertible logic by remaining solid, secure and weatherproof.
2008 Smoky Granite Mica on Ecru/Camel 360 Produced
August 15, 2007 – Pebble Beach, CA - Lexus will debut the 2008 Lexus SC 430 Pebble Beach Edition retractable hardtop convertible to commemorate its on-going partnership with Pebble Beach Company. With a limited production of 360 vehicles, the fifth special-edition Lexus SC will be unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Lexus Fashion Preview on Aug. 17.
The unique exterior design of the SC 430 is complemented by an elegant exterior/interior color combination that will be exclusive to the Pebble Beach edition SC. This special SC will feature a Smoky Granite Mica exterior paint combined with an exclusive two-tone Camel and Ecru leather trim interior and Espresso Bird-eye maple wood trim. Additional styling cues unique to the Pebble Beach SC include special-edition brushed chrome badging on the front fenders and center console and an Ecru Pebble Beach logo embroidered on Camel carpeted floor mats. The Pebble Beach SC will also feature White illuminated scuff plates, a sleek rear spoiler and aggressive 18-inch six-spoke chrome wheels equipped on all-season or summer run-flat tires. The wheels are all new for the 2008 SC430 model.
In addition to its elegant styling, the Lexus SC 430 hardtop convertible benefits from its ability to hide the roof within the confines of its trunk in a mere 25 seconds, while still maintaining enough room for luggage. All without latches, catches, snaps or covers. And when the top is up, it defies traditional convertible logic by remaining solid, secure and weatherproof.
2009 Mercury Metallic on Ecru/Black 300 Produced
The vehicles were unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Lexus Fashion Preview on August 15, 2008. Production of these 2009 Pebble Beach Edition vehicles are limited to 50 LS 600h L flagship hybrid luxury sedans and 300 SC 430 hardtop convertibles. Pebble Beach Edition owners have the opportunity to customize their ownership experience by selecting from one of three distinctive merchandise packages: Callaway Golf Experience, Travel Package or Epicurean Encounter.
Celebrating its sixth year, the new Pebble Beach Edition SC 430 receives an exterior/interior color combination with a Mercury Metallic exterior paint and an exclusive two-tone Ecru and Black leather trim interior with Black Bird's-eye maple wood trim. The retractable hardtop convertible includes special-edition brushed chrome badging on the front fenders and center console, and an Ecru The Lone Cypress™ logo embroidered on black carpeted floor mats. It also features a color-keyed rear spoiler, 18-inch Machined Tourmaline alloy wheels, and white illuminated scuff plates. All-season run-flat or summer run-flat tires are available. The 2009 Pebble Beach featured an interior similar to the 2004 Pebble Beach combining Ecru with Black, only added more black to the interior on the backs of seats and dashboard. The 2009 SC model also featured (all SC's) turn lamps in the side mirrors.
The Callaway Golf® Experience
Four exclusive packages are designed to improve the look and performance of one's golf game. One dozen personalized Callaway Golf Tour ix Golf Balls can be combined with a Callaway Golf Ft-I driver or Callaway Golf Hyper X driver and one X Hybrid. Three Callaway Golf X-Forged wedges and one Odyssey White Hot XG 2-Ball putter are matched to one dozen personalized Callaway Golf Tour ix Golf Balls. One case (12 dozen) of personalized Callaway Golf Tour ix Golf Balls is also available.
Pebble Beach Edition owners can carry style and refinement from their vehicle into a luxury hotel with one of three luxury luggage packages. A café-colored three-piece leather luggage set includes two cabin duffels, one carriage duffel, and personalized embossed luggage tags. Two pairs of Callaway Golf Eyewear complement the café-colored leather briefcase or the café-colored leather tote bag.
Those owners interested in improving their culinary skills can choose the Epicurean Encounter. They can select a six-piece Viking® Santoku Cutlery Set including 10-slot maple knife block or a four-piece Viking Cookware set. Both come with a Viking Cooking School $200 gift card redeemable for cooking classes or merchandise online at vikingrange.com. The package also offers the option of a café-colored leather wine tote and a diverse selection of wines from member wineries of the highly regarded Napa Valley Vintners.
Eternal Jewel Edition (2010) 100 Produced (Japan Only, right hand drive)
SC430 CH Carolina Herrera-Spain Debuted at Madrid Auto show
Terminator 3 Car-1
Silver on Black, gets blown up
Here is the movie clip:
Noble Colour Edition 430SCV in Japan (AKA MKIV Toyota Soarer)
Here are pictures in sequential order of all the Special Edition SC430’s by year. Enjoy!
Here is an older link that inspired me to put together this thread: