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Petrol Blue 1978 Porsche 911SC Targa

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I don’t normally prefer to post two cars from the same seller on consecutive days, but this seller has two very different 911s for sale and I like both of them quite a bit and for entirely different reasons. So, here we are. Yesterday’s 964 Turbo showed us a fairly pristine example of the 3.3 liter Turbo. It’s a model I probably don’t pay enough attention to focusing instead on the 930 that preceded it or the later 3.6 liter 964s. It came with a very high price tag.

Here we have something entirely of a different nature. This is a Petrol Blue 1978 Porsche 911SC Targa with Cork interior and 65,500 miles on it. It’s not pristine – though the mileage is fairly low – but the color combination is phenomenal and the added detail provided by the Targa roll hoop enhances the overall look. Compared with the 964, the price should be much more reasonable.

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Year: 1978
Model: 911SC Targa
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 65,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1978 Porsche 911 SC Targa

The 911 SC is regarded as one of the strongest and most reliable air-cooled 911s ever built. This well cared for, low mileage, two owner example is ready to be enjoyed for decades to come. Here is a bit of the history on this amazing driving 911 SC:

This stunning 1978 Petrol Blue over Cork 911 SC Targa has had the same owner for over 33 years. It was purchased in 1985 with only 20,000 on it. The majority of the miles were adding from 1985-1998, 42,000. During this time all routine maintenance and servicing was completed on time. From 1998-2007 the car was rarely driven adding just over 900 miles. In 2007 and at 62,979 miles, the owner took the SC to Precision Motion and had them perform a complete engine reseal. This made sure the engine would be in top spec for years to come. Since then the SC has been driven another 2,500 gentle miles. It is currently still in great running condition and ready to be driven by its new owner.

This beautiful Petrol Blue SC has partially original paint, but it is not in perfect condition. It is a great car to drive as is or repaint to make it perfect. Mechanically this SC is in great shape and it drives very well.

full engine reseal and maintenance records

The 911SC is a model we give plenty of attention around here. It remains one of the best values on the air-cooled 911 market and its stout reliability makes it a great option for one’s entry into early 911 ownership. It’s also the model that likely saved the 911 and paved the way for the icon we still can buy new today.

This one isn’t perfect, at least aesthetically, as we can see plenty of small blemishes in the paint. That paint is said to be partially original and could use with some cleaning up in general. The seller does seem aware of the flaws though so hopefully that will lead to a lower selling price. And I must say even with its flaws this 911 still looks really good. Petrol Blue is a really nice color that’s a shade or two darker than Porsche’s brighter blues from the period like Minerva, but it’s still bright enough that the blue shines through. Paired with a Cork interior makes for a really nice combination. We aren’t told anything about the interior’s originality, but it looks in good shape.

As for history, the current owner has had the car since 1985 and has put a little more than 2/3 of the miles on it. The ad has a link to a number of service receipts, most importantly a full engine reseal performed about a decade ago (though only 2,500 miles ago). It is said to be in good running condition. So while this 911 may need some exterior attention to bring everything back to full life, it sounds like its mechanical state is pretty good.

Bidding on the reserve auction currently sits at $23,100. I would suspect we’ll see that stretch toward and probably exceed $30K. Hopefully a buyer won’t have to pay too much more than that.