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I’ve driven the Lexus LC Convertible – here’s why it’s the best car nobody buys

I've driven the Lexus LC Convertible - here's why it's the best car nobody buys

THIS is the Lexus LC500 Convertible and you’ve probably never seen one.

That’s because despite being one of the best open-tops currently on sale in the UK, Lexus only managed to sell 64 of them last year.

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The V8 Lexus LC500 Convertible is comfortable to drive and sounds fantastic

And that was a good year – in 2020 only 47 were sold. These numbers include the hardtop LC, so things don’t look good for this Convertible.

Granted, there are a few things holding it back; unlike the hard-top LC, the LC Convertible doesn’t have a hybrid engine, but a great 5.0-liter V8.

It’s also the fat end of £100,000.

Now, that sounds a lot, and it is a lot. But a Porsche 911 Cabriolet is just as expensive and sells by the bucketload and a Mercedes-AMG SL costs more while offering much the same.

And while looks are subjective, few can deny that the LC is an incredible piece of design – perhaps even better without a roof.

It’s a rare thing: a car very similar to the crazy concept it was based on, shown at auto shows around the world.

It also has a fantastic Jekyll and Hyde personality. If you want to relax, you can soften the riding modes and you will be guided around in comfort.

But if you want to have fun, while a 911 is better, the LC’s sportier driving modes kick up the V8 soundtrack and give it throttle and automatic transmission.

As part of a recent facelift, Lexus has revised the LC’s gearbox, made the entire car 10kg lighter, sharpened the steering and introduced a Sport+ package that also adds rear-wheel steering.

It certainly feels more alert and agile than before, but agile isn’t really what the LC is all about.

It’s more about opening the roof, enjoying the very high-quality interior and brilliantly comfortable seats.

Bad bits? Well, the LC shudders a bit on particularly bad road surfaces and the last-generation Lexus infotainment system still fitted here feels like it should be an arrestable offense – it’s so hard to use.

But these are minor drawbacks to what makes a great car, so why does no one want one?

His badge. Unfortunately, Lexus is not seen as sexy by enough people.

It makes some of the most beautiful interiors around, has one of the best customer service and reliability records in the UK and the LC turns heads on a high street like few other cars on sale.

It seems that’s not enough, but if you’re reading this and you’re in the market for a car like this, the Lexus LC Convertible should be on your list.

The interior of the LC Convertible is extremely well made, but the infotainment is terrible

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The interior of the LC Convertible is extremely well made, but the infotainment is terrible
There is room for two small children in the back and the seats also have Isofix points

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There is room for two small children in the back and the seats also have Isofix points
With the push of a button you are nicely sheltered from the roof

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With the push of a button you are nicely sheltered from the roof
Facelift overhauls and new Sport+ package really make the LC more agile than before

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Facelift overhauls and new Sport+ package really make the LC more agile than before

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