The first-generation Lexus IS (XE10) was introduced in 1998 and was designed with an emphasis on performance to compete with the leading European luxury cars of the time. This 2003 example is finished in Thunder Cloud over an Ash Gray leather interior and features an optional rear spoiler and heated front seats as well as the SportDesign Edition package. It is powered by a 3.0-liter SJZ-GE inline-six engine paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and optional limited-slip differential. This IS300 was sold new from Lexus of Wayzata in Minnesota where it was routinely serviced for the next 10 years. The car was acquired by the seller from its original owner in 2013 and has been driven approximately 7,500 miles since. This 5-speed Lexus IS300 is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Minnesota while showing under 78k miles on the odometer.
This IS300 is finished in Thunder Cloud and features an optional rear spoiler as well as the SportDesign Edition package which includes SportDesign badges, black pearl emblems, pearl-finish headlights and taillights, a rear diffuser, a SportDesign front grille, and 17” SportDesign 11-spoke wheels. The seller notes the front bumper was recently refinished to address a scratch and clear 3M paint protection film was applied to the forward parts of the hood and fenders when new. A few minor dings are present, and the Bridgestone tires show production date codes from 2003 and 2008. The seller adds that the car has always been garage-kept and was never driven during the winter months. Detailed images are provided in the gallery along with a clean CARFAX report.
Inside, this IS300 features an Ash Gray interior with the SportDesign Edition package adding full leather 8-way power-adjustable front seats with piping. Other equipment includes a one-touch open/close moonroof, optional heated front seats, brushed aluminum trim, a chrome shift knob, a three-spoke leather steering wheel, chronograph-style instrumentation, automatic climate control, cruise control, power windows, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with an integrated compass, heated outside mirrors, an illuminated entry system, and a 240-watt AM/FM cassette stereo with 8 speakers. The seller notes some minor wear is present on the driver’s seat bolster and confirms all gauges and accessories are fully functional.
This IS300 is equipped with a 3.0-liter DOHC 24-valve SJZ-GE inline-six engine featuring the Electronic Throttle Control System (ETCS) and Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i). Up to 215 HP and 218 lb.-ft of torque is sent to the rear wheels by way of a 5-speed manual transmission and an optional limited-slip differential. Standard performance features include front and rear double-wishbone suspension, Traction Control System (TRAC), and disc brakes with an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). The seller indicates all routine maintenance was completed at the original selling dealership up until 2014 at 60k miles as corroborated by stamps in the original service booklet.
This sale will include the original purchase invoice, window sticker, owner’s manuals, a toolkit, a spare tire, sales literature, extensive service records, and a clean title.
The seller would like you to know: " ‘Is The Original Lexus IS300 The Perfect Car?’ This is what William Bird, a professional car writer and editor asked in 2017. His answer: he bought one. If you are looking at my car you probably know what early IS300s are: comfortable, powerful, agile, fun to drive. This one is totally original and unmodified, with a manual transmission, the SportDesign package, and low miles (about 3,500 per year on average). That makes it a very unique model. I had the chance to acquire it from the original owner who took extreme care of the car and kept all documentation and records from new. So, if you are looking not just for an early IS300 but a special one to keep, this is it!”