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Old 08-11-17, 04:27 PM   #766
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The one in Modesto looks like AR3's car, but there is a different VIN listed next to his username.
The thing is until we get to know the new owner , the name of the old owner stays on the list. And even worst is if the new owner is not a forum member or even if he is and we are never told then no way for us to know who owns it now.

I know some on the list that have already been sold and the name listed are not anymore the current owners.
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The thing is until we get to know the new owner , the name of the old owner stays on the list. And even worst is if the new owner is not a forum member or even if he is and we are never told then no way for us to know who owns it now.

I know some on the list that have already been sold and the name listed are not anymore the current owners.
I get what you're saying.

The only reason I brought it up is because I assumed the car for sale was the same one he had when he was added to the list. The VIN next to his name is 286 while the one for sale is 260, so they're very close.
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I get what you're saying.

The only reason I brought it up is because I assumed the car for sale was the same one he had when he was added to the list. The VIN next to his name is 286 while the one for sale is 260, so they're very close.
You are right .. I am wrong . Thanks for being observant about those VIN . I did check my PMs a year ago when I added that of AR3's and indeed it was a 260 . I don't know why I wrote 286 . So we are back to 78 SC300 5 speeds on this list for the model 1997 . The list has now been updated. Thanks once again .



UPDATED LIST

# on the bottom of Door Tag - Prod Month - VIN last 7 - CL Member - Location - Modified Drivetrain ?

1997 Production - Model 1997 (LAST YEAR THE 5speed SC300 was manufactured)

??? - JAN - 0039571 - Naiwst - FL
046 - JAN - 0039598 - VInStarz - NY
289 - JAN - 0039770 - 187 - NY
097 - FEB - 0040209 - gerrb - GA ---> Yes -> 2jzGTE VVTi / V160 6speed
051 - MAR - 0040546 - soarrabun - GA

288 - MAR - 0040550 - BigBang - TX
471 - MAR - 0040561 - ThomasGS4

231 - MAR - 0040608 - Bramos24 - FL
927 - MAR - 0040661 - One120 - NY
245 - MAR - 0040814 - Chitoe - DE

223 - MAY - 1000069 - myLEXsc400 - IL
446 - MAY - 1000166 - jabbajt -LA
453 - MAY - 1000168 - xshurikx -NY
582 - MAY - 1000260 - ar3 - CA

907 - JUN - 1000374 - pdclark - MN
370 - JUN - 1000579 - My97sc300 - SC

??? - JUN - 1000677- UniqSC - SC
??? - JUL - 1000814 - Careet - IL

921 - JUL - 1000834 - jmorando05 - NJ
940 - JUL - 1000843 - OurSC120 - NH
030 - JUL - 1000877 - Shayy - MO
046 - JUL - 1000883 - Evans4g63 - NY
282 - JUL - 1000969 - gerrb - GA
812 - JUL - 1001158 - 1of120 - CA
169 - AUG - 1001324 - Brucelee28 - CA

1996 Production - Model 1997

855 - AUG - 0037616 - ashtray - TX
793 - AUG - 0037701 - regulate - VA

072 - AUG - 0037798 - Ezroni - CA
328 - OCT - 0038170 - crypto79 - MD








List of cars whose VIN seems to indicate that they are part of this list

VIN Number - Known INFO about car

1997 Production - Model 97
JT8CD32ZXV0040025 Post #588 of this thread 07/20/15 wrecked and totalled
JT8CD32ZXV0040056 Post #182 of this thread 10/28/09, Blk/T 165kmi Houston, Tx Clean title stock soarer badges craigslist $9.5k
JT8CD32Z6V0040071 Post #146 of this thread 08/30/09, Wht/T 120kmi Milford, Ct Clean title stock AutoT Chips Auto $8.9k x vin# 08/30/09
JT8CD32Z6V0040152 Blk/Blk 100kmi New Orleans, La Lex Dealer mint
JT8CD32Z3V0040240 Post # 42 of this thread , Wht/T 114kmi Bellevue,Wa prv seller great cond $10.9k vin#
JT8CD32Z8V0040251 Post #481 of this thread 12/08.14 Wht/T 127kmi Orlando,FL mint, stock, prv seller
JT8CD32Z8V0040430 Post #103 of this thread 07/17/09 , wrecked , CGrP/T 260kmi Fremont, Ca Salvage auction IAAI
JT8CD32Z8V0040475 Post #355 of this thread 11/16//12 wrecked and totalled
JT8CD32Z1V0040561 Post #283 of this thread 11/05/10, Wht/B 125kmi Ft Worth, Tx Clean Title, Clean stock 18s’ Sewell Lexus $8k SuperCPA
JT8CD32Z7V0040581 Wht/T 95kmi LAUREL, MD Clean stock CL Member Karwan $10.5k/7.6k vin#
JT8CD32Z2V0040598 Blk 94kmi Columbus,Oh prv seller james riley $8.2k x vin#
JT8CD32Z5V0040661 Post #38 of this thread 07/08/09 , PltMt 75kmi Pompano Be, FL clean private sale 15.9k - pl mt vin# /
JT8CD32Z3V0040710 RRd 195kmi Arlington,Tx mint/1 owner whole 4.75/6.5k x vin
JT8CD32Z5V0040725 Found at Cargurus (mableton, ga)
JT8CD32Z7V0040726 Wht/T 134kmi Hollywood, Fl Dealer clean Greenfield Auto $7.9k vin# Sold $6995 06/09
JT8CD32Z6V0040927 Post #67 of this thread 07/10/09, Blk/Blk 92kmi So, Ca Clean heavy mod CL Member Reamemiya $21k vin#02/09/09
JT8CD32Z6V0040958 Post #45 of this thread 07/08/09, Blk/Blk unk SF/Bay, Ca Clean stock C. Nguyen Craigslist $10.6k vin# 6/17/09
JT8CD32Z2V1000001 Post #44 of this thread 07/08/09 , Red/T 179K FRANKLIN, TN Clean Trenton Wright
JT8CD32Z7V1000026 Post #37 of this thread 07/08/09
JT8CD32Z1V1000071 Post #152 of this thread 09/27/09, CGrp/T 114kmi Princeton,NJ Clean title stock Autotrdr Baker Jeep $8.9k x vin#
JT8CD32Z7V1000088 Post #40 of this thread 07/08/09, Blk/T 69kmi Greatneck, NY Dealer Mint Find Great Cars N/A vin#
JT8CD32Z4V1000100 Post #108 of this thread 07/21/09 , CGrp/T 131kmi Davie, Fl Salvage but clean Ebay $6.9K vin# 07/24/09
JT8CD32Z3V1000122 Post #191 of this thread 12/04/09, RRed/T 135kmi Dulles, Va Clean title stock wheels clean craigslist $6.7k
JT8CD32Z3V1000153 Red 130kmi Stockton,Ca Beat salvage prv sale ebay n/a
JT8CD32Z3V1000226 Post #304 of this thread 03/26/11 wrecked
JT8CD32Z3V1000337 Post #304 of this thread current project o dAng_bAy
JT8CD32Z7V1000382 Post#762 of this thread 07/29/17
JT8CD32Z8V1000438 Post #41 of this thread 07/08/09, Red/T 123kmi Ft. Lauderdale, Fl Mint modded 2jzgte prvt sale ebay vin#
JT8CD32Z8V1000469 Post #141 of this thread 08/14/09, Blk/T 160kmi Lynn, Ma Mint clean title craigslist $6.3k vin# 08/10/09
JT8CD32Z7V1000625 Post #139 of this thread 08/10/09, 148k miles for sale by gee3749 CL classified 10/06/16
JT8CD32Z7V1000656 Post #177 of this thread 10/26/09, Wht/T 84kmi Felton, De Clean title stock very clean Autotrdr Seacoast Mtrs $11.9
JT8CD32Z2V1000693 Post #43 of this thread 07/08/09, Red/T 125kmi Miami, Fl Salvage rear end damage Ebay $2.8k? vin#
JT8CD32Z2V1000818For Sale on Craigslist 04/13/17 in AZ
JT8CD32Z7V1000950 Post #39 of this thread 07/08/09 , Red/T 123kmi Coral Springs, Fl Mint Cl Member NPSC303 modded $5k/8k vin#
JT8CD32Z7V1001158 Post #161 of this thread 10/04/09, Blk/T 80kmi Littleton,Co Clean title stock good Autotrdr jfrcars 9.9 x x vin# 10/03/09
JT8CD32Z4V1001245 Post #732 of this thread 03/17/17 Parted out .. was wrecked and car is in FL
JT8CD32Z4V1001246 Post 343 of this thread 09/12/12 Blk / Beige salvage title and auctioned

1996 Production - Model 1997
JT8CD32Z9V0037522 Post #673 of this thread 10/01/16, 14,974 original miles. 3K7 rose quartz, San Diego Craiglist Ad
JT8CD32Z2V0037541 Post #52 of this thread 07/08/09 , CGrP 158kmi LB, Ca clean CL mem/prv sale 6.5k - cgrp vin#
JT8CD32Z4V0037556 Post #143 of this thread 08/15/09, Bur/Iv 99kmi Chandler,Az Mint clean title Autotrdr Chdlr Lexus $12.9k vin# 08/15/09
JT8CD32Z5V0037565 Post # 286 of this thread 12/17/10
JT8CD32Z5V0037596 Post # 347 of this thread 10/30/12 White
JT8CD32Z7V0037616 Wht/ blt/t 84kmi Laredo, Texas Clean title good custom int CL mem Ashtray nfs x x 10/17/09
JT8CD32Z8V0037639 Post #467 of this thread 11/1614 1Red / Ivory 5spd with a factory gold package
JT8CD32Z2V0037717 Post #46 of this thread 07/08/09 , BlkO 126kmi Atl, Ga clean whole/consmnt x vin#
JT8CD32Z6V0037798 BLK/T 94K Seattle Wa, Clean Title, Mint Condition, Craigslist, $8.7k, CL Member: 2BENVD
JT8CD32Z0V0038106 Post #48 of this thread 07/08/09 , BlkO 140kmi LB, Ca clean whole lot/deal 12.8k -
JT8CD32Z6V0038157 Post #138 of this thread 08/10/09, Blk/T 102kmi ,Al Clean title Sam Rice vehix.com $9.2k vin#
JT8CD32Z5V0038795 Post #271 of this thread 05/25/10
JT8CD32Z4V0039176 RRed/T 168kmi Santa Monica, Az Clean Title, Clean stock Ebay $4k start vin# 01/24/11



NOTE :

* The list mentions the last known owner. If the new owner doesn't claim the VIN then it is still under the old owner. There are a few on the list which I know have already been sold.

* This list basically now has 78 5speed SC300 .

History Table for the Soarer Model: JZZ31 3.0ltr -> month and year a car rolled out of the factory by their VIN (serial #)


Here is a table I lifted from Wikipedia that can be informative . Looks like this info is based on Calendar Year. The annotations in blue are references from which the editors lifted the numbers. Looks like they have lumped the 1991 production with the 1992 that is why the number of production is a lot bigger than sales and technically the Lexus SC model started in 1992. So is the 120 number only for the 1997 calendar year manufactured vehicles ? I still don't know ! Hope one day we will find a more credible source and will find out .


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Updated the previous post and added JT8CD32Z5V0040725 found at Cargurus (mableton, ga)

thanks Ezroni for your dedication to look for these 1997 SC300 5 speed

The list basically now has a total of 79 SC300 Original 5 speed Model 1997

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Updated the previous post and added JT8CD32Z5V0040725 found at Cargurus (mableton, ga)

thanks Ezroni for your dedication to look for these 1997 SC300 5 speed
of course lol I'm always looking for them. i want this list completed as much as anyone else
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Does anyone know why vin numbers changed so drastically in May of 1997? I've always wondered this. I have yet to see an answer on the internet
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Does anyone know why vin numbers changed so drastically in May of 1997? I've always wondered this. I have yet to see an answer on the internet
Are you referring to the 11th number in the VIN? Changes from '0' to a '1' for May+. Appears that the 11th number in a VIN designates the plant at which the vehicle was built.
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So SC/Soarers ceased production at one factory and started at another. Well, that makes sense. I suspected as much.

Still, I'd love to find out why production was moved...
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^^ I did not know about this. To be certain, this doesn't represent the time period during which the SC and Z3x Soarers ceased production and the SC340 & Z40 Soarer went into production? This is just concerning the last few production years of our model series in the late 90's?
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^^ I did not know about this. To be certain, this doesn't represent the time period during which the SC and Z3x Soarers ceased production and the SC340 & Z40 Soarer went into production? This is just concerning the last few production years of our model series in the late 90's?
The change in the VIN sequence happens in 1997. If it happened in 2000 then it would be because they switched to the new platforms. But this mid-1997 model year change has always bugged me.
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i know everyone uses wiki to see that there were 120 made but has anyone truly confirmed this number anywhere else from other trusted reliable sources? i would love to see it come from Lexus. that will truly make the car very special, not that it isnt already being a 5 speed and the last year it was in production.
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i know everyone uses wiki to see that there were 120 made but has anyone truly confirmed this number anywhere else from other trusted reliable sources? i would love to see it come from Lexus. that will truly make the car very special, not that it isnt already being a 5 speed and the last year it was in production.
I know the quality of my photos aren't great, however here are a few pages of Lexus marketing material that I have on the 1997 SC. Have a look!




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that right there is another good , rather an official confirmation from Lexus that there were 120 SC300 with manual transmission in 1997
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Wow! Thomas, that is a very significant set of documents you have there! Confirmation indeed! Was this marketing material produced at the close of the 1997 model year? Since I have heard it's never been possible for a customer to special order a model with options they want, Toyota/Lexus has always just produced whatever trim levels of whatever model in whatever color with whatever packages for all the markets they deem appropriate. That would mean that Lexus USA (or Toyota/Lexus corporate in Japan) just picked an arbitrary number of 5-speeds to be produced for the States for 1997 with no other factors influencing them to that number.
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Wow! Thomas, that is a very significant set of documents you have there! Confirmation indeed! Was this marketing material produced at the close of the 1997 model year? Since I have heard it's never been possible for a customer to special order a model with options they want, Toyota/Lexus has always just produced whatever trim levels of whatever model in whatever color with whatever packages for all the markets they deem appropriate. That would mean that Lexus USA (or Toyota/Lexus corporate in Japan) just picked an arbitrary number of 5-speeds to be produced for the States for 1997 with no other factors influencing them to that number.
Kahn, I am unsure about when it was produced, however I will note that the first owner of my SC was a salesman at Sewell Lexus who special ordered my SC, (DWP/Black 1/120.) I would imagine he received those marketing pages from the dealership at the time.
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