2009 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction
1979 Porsche 911SC 'Targa' Coupe
|Flat 6-cylinder, 2994cc
This lot is no longer available
The 911 is an icon, the most readily identifiable sports car on the planet and still going strong some four decades since its introduction. Perhaps the last of the classic early 911 models was the SC built between 1978 and 1983, devoid of the electronic aids and gizmos that increasingly found their way into Porsche's finest driver's car through the remainder of the 1980s and beyond. Mechanically robust, the 911SC also benefited from the Thyssenn zinc-coated galvanised bodyshell to seriously reduce the risk of rust and the use of high quality materials, both inside and out, combined with excellent build quality ensure they have generally survived the passage of time in good condition, particularly when cared for. The 3-litre engine had a small drop in power (to 180 bhp) but new camshafts resulted in a flatter torque curve and a more flexible car. A new crankshaft and bigger main and big-end bearings ensured mechanical longevity as well. The braking system was improved with the adoption of a servo as standard and the five-speed 915 gearbox was also standardised. The interior came in for some improvements as well, with electric windows and air conditioning now standard equipment. The 911SC represents some of the best value to wear the famous Zuffenhausen badge and to quote a recent report in the magazine Octane, "Find a good one and you will have a dream sports car, not an extravagant nightmare. Buy one before everybody else wakes up".