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1981 Porsche 911 SC Targa

1981 Porsche 911 SC Targa



Once unloved, now a better investment than real estate!

Browse through the classifieds or browse the results of the latest auction, and you'll come to the dreadful realisation that instead of buying up fistfuls of Apple and Google stock, you should have invested your hard earned dollars in the market for the classic Porsche 911.

Values for pre-1974 911s have risen as much as 600 percent over the last four years. Want one?

Sorry, no bargains remain. But there is one desirable and affordable air-cooled 911 model left, though it's been long overlooked. Of course we're talking about the 911SC.

There are more of them for sale because the big-dollar collector crowd has long rejected the 1978-1983 911SC as too slow, too reliable, and too common to be a purist's car. In fact, it was almost the last-ever 911. From this perspective, you can see the SC as the tipping point toward a better, stronger 911.

The SC still has one foot in the past with its short, classic body and air-cooled flat-six engine, and yet it also delivers relatively modern reliability and comfort features.

Price wise, the entire SC lineup from 1978 to 1983 is still within reach. And the luxury-oriented Targa is the best way to nab your own set of keys to a 911SC, as it's more rare than a coupe but more affordable than the 1983-only convertible.


  • This is an ex California car imported to New Zealand in May 2008 with four owners since.
  • I have to say, hands on heart, that the 3.0-liter Porsche flat-six spins quickly to the 6,250-rpm red-line with an instant throttle response unknown in modern engines. Comes with the Type 915 five-speed manual transmission and floor-mounted pedals.
  • On the road, the unassisted rack-and-pinion steering is predictably heavy at parking-lot speed but becomes wonderfully light and communicative as you really get rolling and the wide power-band and progressive compliance of the torsion-bar suspension make cross-country driving a pleasure.
  • The Targa's removable roof is a one-person job to remove and stow the vinyl-covered square in either the “frunk” or across the rear seats once they're folded down. Just as with the modern 911 Targa's, this classic Targa offers you an open-air experience without messing your hair, and you can also enjoy the unique mechanical symphony of the engine thrumming behind you. And chances are this car will be worth more next year than this, which is perhaps something that cannot be said of a modern Targa.
  • This car is in very nice condition – yes its had a paint job at some point (in its original colour) and so paint looks good but car is mostly factory original. I'm saying its never been restored. The interior is untouched. Comes with factory wheels etc. Its a real darling of a classic¦to drive on weekends, club runs or as a daily driver.
  • Mechanically sound – healthy motor and drives like a dream
  • Air-condition, power windows, cruise control – its magic!

As I've discovered with this car, the SC is one of the truly usable and reliable classics.

With a few preventive measures (most of which have probably been made already by previous owners), an SC will not be a regular visitor to your friendly Porsche mechanic. Maintain a strict schedule for oil changes with a zinc-rich oil formula, keep the valves adjusted, and you will be free of any major engine-out services for miles.

Here's our best advice to you – Pick a good one up now before it's too late.

PRICE IS FAIR & FIRM – Will be sold WOF'd and Registered if sold in New Zealand.



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