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1982 Porsche 911 SC

As the saying goes, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” and that describes the story behind this 911 SC to a tee. Bought as a gift for his wife, the seller of this car quickly found out that he should have shopped at Tiffany, when his wife decided she needed a car that was easier to drive while sipping a latte.

Introduced in 1978, the 911 SC featured a 3.0-liter engine with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection and a 5-speed 915 transmission. With 204 bhp, razor sharp handling, and the distinct styling, the 911 SC has become a favorite in the Porsche lineup.

This low mileage Guards Red over black stunner for sale in Tucson, Arizona exemplifies what a 911 SC should be.

1982 Porsche 911 SC on eBay

I bought this awesome Porsche for my Fiancé as a Birthday/Wedding gift last month from a reputable broker. She drove it for a few miles and decided that she would rather have an automatic one! Are you kidding me?

Reason, I asked? Quote “I can’t hold my Starbucks!!” Are you kidding me?

So, here is an absolutely drop dead gorgeous, 1982 Porsche 911SC that is in very nice condition inside and out. This is a totally solid low mileage car that is a blast to drive. It is a very clean, unmolested car that has been very well kept over the years. This Targa is number 243 of only 2,426 vehicles imported for the US market in 1982. This car has lived in Arizona since 1994 and was bought new in December of 1981 at Lee Klinger Porsche Audi in Highland Park, IL. This Targa had an original MSRP of $39,500 all the back in 1982! This is a 4 owner car that is fully documented and has a FULL service history since brand new and mileage verified through service receipts. This little 911 still retains its original 2993cc drive train which is definitely something you do not see every day. There is nothing cooler then a driving vintage Porsche!

The exterior of the car is finished in the flashy color of Guards Red. Overall the paint looks good with a few chips and still retains a beautiful luster. The car has received one high quality repaint at some time in the past and looks excellent. It was a high quality job with no overspray or tape tines. Very hard for the novice eye to notice. The body is 100% rust free and is as straight as an arrow, as any Southwest car should be. All door gaps appear to be factory original and correct. Overall the underside is completely solid and rust free as any west coast car should be. All the weather stripping on the car is soft and supple. The factory Targa top seals up nicely and the vinyl was just redone recently, and is in excellent condition with no rips or ware. The window seals are all replaced and the Targa bar was removed, re-powder coated and re-installed. The car was just fully buffed and hand waxed and has a deep glossy shine.

The car is riding on fully reconditioned 16″ staggered Fuchs wheels. The barrels were all professionally polished and the centers re-painted. The tires are brand new 16″ BF Goodrich g-Force Sport performance directional radials in the correct OE sizes.

The very nice factory Black Leather interior is all original and looks excellent. The seats, door panels, carpet, and headliner all look perfect and really set the car off. All the gauges and lights work as they should. The original radio and speakers were replaced with a high dollar ($1000+) Rockford Fosgate sound system that sounds great. All the courtesy lights as well as all the running lights work as they should. Also the lights, horn, turn signals, defroster, and even the lighter work. All the glass and rubbers look excellent. The wind shield was also just replaced due to a rock chip and is BRAND NEW!

Mechanically, this 911 is in excellent condition! Anyone who knows Porsche knows that these early 80’s Porsches are regarded as the best years to own. The engine compartment is clean as a whistle and shows how well this car was kept. The motor is also very tight and doesn’t leak. The car just had a service here at Stuttgart Southwest in Tempe, AZ, and was given a clean bill of health and the motor has excellent compression and leakdown. Both the Engine and Trans are factory numbers matching. The suspension is tight and true and handles as a Porsche should. The car easily cruises at Autobahn speeds well over 100mph. The previous owner spent over $5000 doing performance upgrades o the car including high output plug wires, Bilstein Sport shocks, front and rear sway bars, Powerflow exhaust, Powerflow Intake, Stainless Steel brakes lines, short shifter, and all new bushings up front! He also had the torsion suspension lowered 1″ down to Euro Spec height. The odometer reads a bit over 55,000 miles, which is AutoCheck and CARFAX certified to be original. All systems work and the car does not over heat and is a true pleasure to drive. The Air Conditioning was just serviced and blows Ice Cold. This little diamond and is ready for the next cruise night or car show.

One of the nice things about this 911 that you don’t find in most cars is the complete service history. Over 30 pages of receipts and warrantee work will come with the car going all the way back to 1981 and its first 1000 mi service. It also documents the car mileage as well as its original purchase in Illinois and its move to the Southwest in the early 90s. The original owner’s manual will be included.

The bonnet is in excellent condition and still retains all of its factory carpeting as well as the space saver spare with the original jack and complete tool pouch. The original Porsche compressor is also included.

As the description states, it is in fact difficult to hold your Starbucks while driving this car, so if that is a deal breaker, this is certainly not the car for you. If frivolities like cup holders are low on your list, then this is certainly a car to consider. This is one of the best kept 930s I’ve seen in a long time, with documentation since new and a mere 1800 miles per year; this had to have been someone’s baby.

Clean as this car is, it’s priced well within reason. A 911 in this condition can easily fetch in the $26,000 to $27,000 range, making the $23,900 buy it now price, a great deal. This car is an amazing example of a well-kept 930 SC and a shining example of why jewelry is a better choice when buying a gift for your wife.




  1. Dallas
    Dallas August 22, 2012

    Have to disagree that $24K is a bargain for an SC. Not sure where you’re seeing the $26-27K SC’s sell but i understand that any but the most exceptional examples are high teens. This one looks nice but is a Targa (slight minus) and has had a repaint (significant minus)… I think $24K is All The Money for this one. (Oh, and USA 1982 911SC’s were rated at 180hp, not 204, that was Euro-spec).

  2. Larry
    Larry August 22, 2012

    Nice guy. Buys his fiance a 911 SC Targa. Very nice guy. Kind of an idiot though. How did he NOT know she is the type of woman who would favor holding her latte over driving a stick? Apparently, neither of them realized there are aftermarket cup holders available that can retrofitted into just about any car. Then again, she sounds pretty high maintenance. Fiance buys her a classic Porsche, and all she can come up with is, “I can’t hold my Starbucks!!” Wow. To the very nice idiot fiance, in the words of Bill Engvall: “Here’s your sign!”

  3. Larry
    Larry August 22, 2012

    Of course, the preceding rant assumes we actually believe the seller’s cover story.

  4. KevinR
    KevinR August 22, 2012

    A couple of things: any man who buys a car for a woman without checking with her first is simply asking for trouble. Take it from a man who has been married for 25 years…

    This car is way over priced. For mid-$20k range, you can get into a much newer 911, 964 or 996.

    And I’m with Larry: I don’t believe the tall tale spun in the ad. My guess is the seller is a dealer or a flipper.

  5. Miek
    Miek August 22, 2012

    24k for an SC? I’ve seen good examples on Porsche forums being sold for $14-$16k

  6. Dan No
    Dan No August 23, 2012

    Note that there is no such thing as a 930 SC. The 930 is a 911 Turbo. The SC designation was only used on non-Turbo models:

    ’78-83 911 SC in U.S. got 172bhp engine versus 204bhp in the Euro models
    ’75-78 911 Turbo (930) had raw 300bhp engine that gave it the reputation of being a killer
    ’79-82 911 Turbo (930) was withdrawn from U.S. market after disasterous lawsuit involving La Jolla doctor who killed himself in one.
    ’83-89 911 Turbo (930) was re-introduced in U.S. with more manageable 272bhp engine (330bhp in Euro models). Lower boost with wider power-band made the car easier to drive.

    Note that the 930 never came in a Targa version. There was a rare ’81 911 Turbo Convertible show car that never made it into production. All 911 Turbos (930) that you’ll find on the market are coupes only. Too much power and too much flex in the body without a solid roof.

  7. Howard S
    Howard S August 25, 2012

    Thats a mid to upper teens car all day long, you can buy very very nice SC Targa’s under 20 grand and well under 20 grand all day long. 25 to 27 is g50 Targa area (1987-89). The story is pointless to the buyer. I would hate to think he bought it from VCM where he would have paid nose bleed top dollar. Maybe he’s dumping bcause its a pig with lipstick and the story is a cover?

  8. KevinR
    KevinR August 25, 2012

    Reserve not met at just under $17,500. Frankly, I would run from this one. Too many questions for my taste.

    For example, look at the mileage reported on the AutoChek page. How does a car go from one inspection to another 3 years later and get zero miles on the odometer in the process? I suppose it is POSSIBLE, but it is very highly unlikely.

    Also, I’m suspicious of any report that has that many rounded numbers for mileae readings. Are we really to believe that this car managed to get the mileage recorded exactly at 51,000; 52,000; 53,000 and 54,000?

    Finally, why would a babied, low mileage, garage kept car have needed a full repaint?

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