1978 Porsche 911SC Backdate RSR Replica

I am going to assume this car has made the rounds over the past couple months, but this was the first time I came across it so for me it’s new. This again falls into the category of cars I like quite a bit, but the asking price doesn’t make sense. In this case, I think this is one of the better examples of this particular breed of 911, i.e. a backdated Carrera drawing inspiration from the 1973 Carrera RS and RSR, that I’m sure will turn heads anywhere it goes.

While they weren’t the first to do it Singer brought these builds into wider recognition with their bespoke “reimagined” 911 combining modern performance with vintage long-hood 911 aesthetics. They’re highly sought after packages and can be very expensive. From those who have seen and driven them they are works of art with performance to match. James May referred to them as a love letter to a car – taking all of the best aspects of the 911 and combining them into a single machine. Over the years it has seemed like others have hoped to emulate the Singer model, but few really compare.

This, of course, isn’t a Singer. Rather than the 964 off which a Singer is based, this 911 began its life as a Silver 1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe. Fully stripped and disassembled the entire car was refreshed and rebuilt. It now possesses a slightly more modern 3.2 liter flat-6 from the 3.2 Carrera, the wider rear of the 930, and the impact bumpers are gone. It looks great! Power should be increased over the standard Carrera, though we aren’t told what exactly it’s putting out right now. So you get great looks and better performance. How much is all of that worth?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1978 Porsche 911SC Backdate RSR Replica on Excellence Magazine

Year: 1978
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 100 mi
Price: $324,900

Passion Driven is proud to present this 1978 911 SC. It has since been reinvented into a truly one of a kind machine, with elements hinting at the 1973 era 911. We were intentional about each and every component of this vehicle, down to the nuts and bolts. The result delivers the best of all worlds: it has the bones of a track car but with all the amenities of a modern Porsche. Enjoy it both on the track and on a crisp autumn afternoon. Immerse your senses in the symphony of the engine and exhaust for an adrenaline kick, then settle down for a relaxing drive as you stream your favorite music. This car embodies the spirit behind Passion Driven: an energizing blend of performance, practicality, and understated elegance that delivers a truly unique driving experience.

View a complete video of the transformation of this car, and a comprehensive list of restorations and enhancements, check out this car’s site: http://passion-driven.com/projects/

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I mention Singer here, and I will admit it rarely makes sense to mention Singer when discussing any of these builds, because this one is priced kind of like one of those Singer cars. It’s probably still a good bit less expensive than a Singer, but at $325K I’m not sure most would notice. My typical complaint with many of these builds is that the prices are simply too high. I understand the efforts involved in getting everything together, but still. This one is priced in another category altogether and quite frankly I’m really not sure why.

From the outside it does look quite good and as I noted at the beginning it does look to be one of the better executed examples I’ve come across. The interior looks well done, if a bit standard. We don’t really see enough of that interior to fully gain an appreciation for it. Other than admiring its looks the rest requires a lot of questions from the builders. Their project blog provides the specific details on the components if you’re interested, but I still think you’ll probably have questions. And ultimately I think that’s where things might fall apart. I’m sure it’s great fun to drive, but at this price it’s got to be really really good. Maybe it is. I wasn’t sure a Singer was worth it at first as well, but over time it became apparent how much detail went into their development. This one could be similar. I hope it is, but right now I need a lot more convincing.

-Rob

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2 Comments

  1. I have been fortunate enough to have seen this car from the day it was rolled into Passion Driven to the present. I was just there this past Thursday as Marc who built the car helped me with a project on one of my own 911’s. He is as good a builder as there is hands down. I watch weekly as this car was built, its all that and more. I know the price they’re asking is high but they’d consider all reasonable offers. Its worth a mint. That’s not just some motor in the car its a built motor that dyno’d north of 300 hp in a car that weighs in under 2800 pounds. Every single nut and bolt is the finest quality on the market. Its even more impressive in person.

  2. No doubt that Marc is one of the best, and equally certain that there’s a lot invested here. It is probably as close to perfect as you can get, for what it is. But one rarely gets one’s money back out of a build, simply because they embody the vision of the owner who commissioned it. It isn’t the same as a big spend on an authentic restoration of a collectible car. If I’m going to spend three and a quarter on a build it’s going to be to my vision, not somebody else’s. I’d rather spend the money on an original of one of the rarer versions of the 964.

    Changing tastes is a concern, too. One day the market for builds will wane. And it will likely be sooner and more pronounced than for original or correctly restored cars.

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