For the past three decades, if the buying public had their heart set on an expensive, imported luxury convertible, more than likely the Mercedes-Benz SL was the top choice. With its new 2002 SC 430 Hardtop Convertible, Lexus challenges its German counterpart to an old-fashioned saber duel (base price: $59,000; fully loaded: $61,840). Magnificent ride, optional high-tech navigation system, and your neighbor’s envy. Who can ask for more? Read more at www.insideautomotive.com.