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1979 Porsche 911SC Targa

While many of the 911s we feature here at GCFSB fall into the category of excellent condition, low mileage, and original examples, which typically come with a fairly high price tag, we also strive to find interesting driver-quality examples as they come across the market. Cars reflecting a high degree of care from their owners, but which also may possess a mechanical issue here and there or issues with their originality. And while the museum-quality collectors are always neat to see, it is the drivers that really grab our attention. These are cars with personal histories that have spent significant time doing precisely what they were intended: being driven. For that alone we love them. The car featured here appears to fall into just such a category: a Guards Red 1979 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in North Carolina, with 102,250 miles on it.

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Year: 1979
Model: 911SC Targa
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 102,250 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Dead stock
No Rust (small repair patch at battery tray)
Originally Grand Prix White
Now Guards Red – Glasurit respray in 2013 (receipt total $9000)
102,016 original miles
Original cookie cutters/chrome trim/brushed aluminum look roll bar
Targa top like new
Seats like new
Clutch replaced at 95k miles (documented)
Carrera tensioners
AC not working (who cares it’s a targa)
Heat is very weak due to corroded heat exchangers (car deserves a set of SSIs!)
All original glass
All rubber in excellent shape
Number matching car, COA on hand
Clear NC title in my name in hand
International buyers welcome
Overall a nice driver. Not a concours winner. Could benefit from a re-seal. Runs/drives/shifts like it should – starts every time and has great power.


This is a very striking older Targa, though it does come with a few issues. As such, it would be far more appealing as a no reserve auction since that at least takes away the problem of a very high reserve. That issue aside, the cosmetic condition of this Targa appears quite good given the age and mileage. The paint is non-original, but looks very sharp, and the interior appears in very good shape with nice looking seats and dash. There definitely is homework to be done here given a few of the mechanical issues needing work, and I’m not sure prospective buyers will be as laissez-faire concerning the non-functional A/C as the seller, but as a driver-quality 911 some of those issues many not be of significant concern to certain buyers. Whether this auction will result in a sale, we’ll have to see. Bidding sits currently at $16,766, which is not a bad value for a Targa of this vintage, but the reserve remains unmet.


One Comment

  1. Cole
    Cole January 8, 2015

    Good entry for a first time buyer, who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty from time to time. These are simple cars to work on, robust in almost every area.

    You can drive a “average or slightly rough” one without too much worry about rock chips and a little bit of smoke/oil leaking. Any repairs add value to the car, provided they are done right. Not too much to screw up by a novice backyard mechanic. Lots of parts available.

    Not sure why color change in this day and age -almost everyone knows original color, even if its white will maintain better value than a change.

    And it could use 16″ Fuchs – get them used now while before they become ridiculously expensive.

    Will be interesting to see how much $$ it sells for.

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