I know absolutely no one who has ever described the SC "as a Japanese take on the softly-suspended Chevrolet Monte Carlo, or even a more expensive Camry coupe." Only an ignorant fool would characterize it in that way. To the contrary, I find the perception of the SC is that it was a much better built and reliable rival to the Eldorado and Mark VII/VIII or a less expensive and pretentious S Coupe alternative. Maybe by today's standards "the instrument cluster is so unpretentious, it would be at home in a Corolla." But back then, the floating Lexus gauges of that era were considered pretty special and high tech, especially since they disappeared when the car was off. They were widely copied. I still see a surprising number of SCs on the road, while Eldos and Marks of that era are much, much rarer. Personally, I think the SC is one of the prettiest Japanese cars of all time.
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