Update 2.13.2012:The owner reports this car is now sold. Congrats on the sale! -dc
You can buy a worn out SC all day long. Bad paint, worn interior, and a shot motor. Something like that could run you about $13k. You would have a 20 footer that would smoke like a refinery, but hey you saved a few bucks.
Or, you can spend a little more and have something like this…
From the seller –
“1982 Porsche 911 SC Sunroof Coupe, Guards Red, Black leather
Approx. 97,000 miles, (replacement speedo installed, I have broken one)
Southern car, only one season in New England garaged, never driven in bad weather.
I believe I am 3 or 4th owner.
Have records back to 1990 or so, all indexed in a spreadsheet.
Car was a Euro Delivery, driven for 3-4 years in Belgium, have all records for Euro service.
Orig. owner’s manual with services performed in Belgium
Top end rebuild 10,000 miles ago
Carrera chain tensioner upgrade, head studs
SSI stainless header, heater boxes
Pop off Valve
Momo Steering wheel
Fuchs 16″ with Black petals
Lowered to Euro ride height
New Yokahama S Drives
Updated AC compressor
Respray approx. 8-10 years ago, looks like a glass out job. Paint 8/10, nice 10 footer.
Full leather interior redone 10 years ago, in excellent condition, including headliner, new dash top.
New fuel pump
New clutch cable
Replaced heater hoses with Aircraft Scat silicone
I looked for a 911 for a year; probably saw 10-12 cars before this one.
Previous owner was Porsche guys, owned 5-6 before this one, drove it sparingly for 7 years.
I purchased in the Fall of 2010.”
Rebuild, re-spray, and newer interior would be reason enough to consider this SC. Records, recent maintenance, and a knowledgeable owner is just icing on the cake. As mentioned above you can always find something cheaper and dump a bunch of your own money into it. Or, you can find a car that has been loved and just drive it. $18.5k is no bargain but a good value if you are looking for a turn key SC.
Best of luck to the seller.