Rumours are again swirling that the sleek Lexus LF-LC could be bound for a production future, dragging the SC badge out of retirement.
Leaving the Lexus line-up in 2010 to leave the brand's two-door duties to the younger IS C, the SC made it through two generations before being shuffled off to the pension office.
Stylistically inspired by the very exclusive LFA supercar, the LF-LC was designed as a proposal for a more accessible sports car, with power provided - at least in concept form - by a 370kW petrol-electric drivetrain.
With this sorts of power figures, the LF-LC - or new SC - would be more of a Porsche 911 rival, rather than a true LFA-replacing supercar.
Reports in recent months suggest the green light has been given for production, Lexus US marketing boss Brian Smith alleged to have confirmed the car's production future.
“That was a concept car, and I think it surprised everybody, including us, when Japan said due to overwhelming response they decided to do it,” Smith told Wards Auto earlier this year.
Now Japanese magazine Best Car has flung its hat into the ring, claiming that it too has insider confirmation of a production future for the LF-LC.
It's not hard for Lexus to make a case for such a car, either, with parent Toyota already confirming development of a new sports platform with German powerhouse BMW.
It seems the return of the Lexus SC - and perhaps also Toyota's Supra, likely a less powerful, less luxurious and less expensive alternative to the Lexus - may be merely a matter of time.