1979 Porsche 911SC

For years now the decision facing any buyer interested in experiencing the joy of an air-cooled 911, without breaking the bank, came down to choosing between the 911SC and the 3.2 Carrera. Each model offers a similar experience with the 3.2 priced slightly higher, as we would expect. Overall, however, there were few major differences and both could be had at a good value. As the market for the 3.2 Carrera shifts upward, those decisions may now be made much easier if, and it’s a big if, the market for the 911SC remains a much more reasonable value. At the very least I expect prices for the 911SC to lag slightly behind and there should still be good values remaining for driver-quality examples such as this Guards Red 1979 Porsche 911SC, located in Massachusetts, that has seen 88,497 miles. The question anyone in the market for one must grapple with is how long can you wait? The time to get one may be now.

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1983 Porsche 911SC Sunroof Coupe

I was hoping to feature a few Porsches this week that represented nice value, but when I saw this one I just couldn’t pass it by. Here we have a Ruby Red Metallic 1983 Porsche 911SC, located in Massachusetts, with Burgundy leather interior (a fantastic color combination) and only 32,380 miles. The SC was the 911 model that really cemented the legacy of this iconic sports car and insured Porsche would continue to produce it to this day. By modern standards the performance from the 3.0 liter flat-6 isn’t going to knock your socks off, but the classic 911 design has aged rather gracefully and these cars still provide the feel and connectedness that so many drivers crave.

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1982 Porsche 911SC Targa

Continuing in the vein of yesterday’s post of a no-reserve, driver-quality, 911 Carrera, here we have a 1982 Porsche 911SC Targa also on auction with no reserve, though with around half the mileage of yesterday’s car. The 3.2 Carrera showed incremental changes from the 911SC in regard to everything other than the engine and even the engine differences are small enough relative to modern cars to render them less significant when looking for a classic 911. Choosing between the two models, in many ways, comes down to finding a well-maintained example in the color and style of your preference. This Guards Red Targa offers plenty of aesthetic differences relative to yesterday’s Meteor Grey Carrera, but should still come at a reasonable value and provide for ample driving thrills with the added benefit of open-top motoring.

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Double Take: Rare color Porsche 911SC

Porsche has long offered a wide variety of colors to suit the palettes of its buyers and from time to time we come across these cars for sale. Late last week I wrote up a Talbot Yellow 911SC with a relatively high price that I figured was in large part due to the color choice. Talbot Yellow has that nice combination of being both rare and also eye-catching. Since writing up that car, we’ve come across two more examples in rare colors so this seemed like as good a time as any to take a look at what the market might bear for 911s that come in colors other than the standard Red, Black, and Silver. The first one is a restored 1980 Porsche 911SC in a very period-correct choice of Cashmere Beige.

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1980 Porsche 911SC

This particular car intrigues me so I’ll get right to it. Here we have a 1980 Porsche 911SC with a little under 60K miles. The intriguing part to me, though, is the color: Talbot Yellow over Brown. We simply do not come across many of these cars. I’m always a fan of bright colors on particular cars, even though for my own car I almost always choose black. My personal contradictions aside, there is a particular allure to such a popping color and while not every owner enjoys the lack of subtlety these cars provide there are few that would deny that these cars represent something a little more special than what we get from most of the popular color options. Talbot Yellow over Brown is definitely a period-correct choice and sure to please many enthusiasts looking for a 911SC that stands apart from the crowd.

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1980 Porsche 911SC Targa

After featuring a selection of higher-priced Porsches I was hoping to find something at a little more reasonable cost. As is generally the case with that sort of search, my thoughts immediately turned to the 911SC. Even with prices creeping up along nearly the entire Porsche portfolio, the 911SC remains a relative bargain and can usually serve as an excellent choice for those looking to see what the fuss is all about with the motoring icon that is the Porsche 911. The particular example featured here is a 1980 Porsche 911SC Targa on offer through Craigslist in Boise, ID. The mileage, at 115K, is about standard for a SC described as a driver and this one comes with the benefit of having been restored a few years ago.

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1982 Porsche 911SC Targa

The Porsche 911SC is often referred to as the perfect 911 for the beginner. Following on to the oft forgotten 911 2.7, the SC had a hearty 3.0 liter flat-6 as motivation and was the first 911 to include a cabriolet variant. Now that the new 991 series Targa has debuted with its classic roll hoop design, this is an optimal time to pick up a classic Targa like this low mileage SC version for sale in Massachusetts.

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Double Take: Porsche 911SC or 3.2 Carrera?

For any prospective buyer of a classic 911 there inevitably comes a decision to be made about whether to get a 911SC or a 3.2 Carrera. These cars share enough similarities that in some cases a buyer may decide based simply upon availability. These are, after all, 30-year-old cars so the numbers of excellent examples are dwindling. But what if a good example of each is available, nearly identical in appearance and for similar cost? Now the decision-making process becomes a bit more difficult and it’s precisely the dilemma we feature here: a 1979 Porsche 911SC with 29,900 miles and a 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe with 57,750 miles. We’ll begin with the 911SC:

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1978 Porsche 911 Race Car – REVISIT

The 1978 Porsche 911 Race Car we featured in October is back up for sale. It is now listed as a 1979 911 rather than as a 1978, but I’m not sure that will alter our thoughts on this car in any significant way. This car failed to sell during its original listing and has now been put up for Reserve Auction with a Buy It Now of $33,500.

-Rob

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