1978 Porsche 911SC Targa

I won’t slow play this: at the first sight of the thumbnail featuring this 911 my first words were, “Wow!” My hope as I looked further was that everything else I saw would continue that sense of elation. I was not disappointed. Earlier in the week I featured a very pretty 997 Carrera 4 in a fairly similar shade of burgundy. It’s an elegant looking car and given its price shows the sort of value we can find with a modern 911. Here I guess we could say we have the classic version of that 911: A Wine Red Metallic 1978 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in Santa Barbara, with fantastic Cork interior and 77,501 miles on it. The price actually is higher than that of the 997, but the mileage is a good bit lower and its long-term value probably a bit more secure. Still, it’s not priced badly at all.

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Year: 1978
Model: 911SC Targa
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 77,501 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($41,500 Buy It Now)

Goodman Reed Motorcars
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 202-4557

Offered for sale is an very clean, mechanically strong, first year, 77k original mile 1978 Porsche 911SC Targa finished in Wine Red Metallic, a wonderfully era-specific livery that reads anywhere from Burgundy to Copper depending on the light. A perfect finish for this car’s already vintage styling cues (polished wheel rims, door handles and Targa bar), it’s also beautifully accented by the Cork leather interior, defining an example that evokes early 911 visuals while offering reliable 3.0L mechanicals and superior ride quality. Driven relatively sparingly throughout its 39 years of service, this beautiful example has always been well cared for, garaged and used only in favorable weather, exhibiting no evidence of rust or rust repair with an entirely original undercarriage.

Truly a pleasure to drive, the 3.0L engine starts right up without any smoke and pulls strongly and smoothly through each of the transmission’s gears. The brakes are precise and the car stops as straight as it drives. Living up to Porsche’s legendary handling, the car is joy in the canyons as well as the highway. The drive train is completely original and the car has benefited from recent service including a new distributor, new fuel pump and new CDI unit. The car’s Wine Red Metallic finish is in good shape, marred only by imperfections that don’t show up in the pictures. With no evidence of any accidents, the body is straight with factory correct panel fits and gaps. The glass and rubber are in great shape and the refinished Fuchs wheels are impeccable and wrapped in nearly new BF Goodrich tires.

The interior is equally as clean. The front seats have been professionally reupholstered in leather and the back seats, carpets and interior panels are in great original condition. The leather wrapped dash has no cracks, showing only minimal warping, the car is fitted with a relatively uncommon A/C option (that blows cold) and the Targa top is in excellent original condition with both locking keys intact. Also included are the car’s original owner’s and shop manuals, as well as the original tool kit.

Intended to extend the 911 line through its planned cessation in 1981, the 911SC was introduced in 1978 with only slight aesthetic changes to the 911’s previous incarnation. That said, under the hood it was much different, sporting the 3.0L engine upon which Porsche would build its “bulletproof” reputation for reliability. The 911SC was the most tractable and civilized 911 ever, but that’s not to say that it gave up any performance, rocketing from 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds, times comparable to 911 variants all the way through the 1990’s. In fact, the 911SC was so popular with the public and so successful for Porsche, that they scrapped their plans of ending the 911 model line, and consequently many Porsche enthusiasts regard the SC as the savior of the iconic model and, by extension, the company.

At 39 years old, this 911SC offers the best of both worlds: an appreciating, charmingly vintage model that’s still modern enough to drive comfortably and reliably. With only 77k miles, this “bulletproof” 3.0L engine is sure to provide years of further trusty service and enjoyment. If you’ve been looking for a clean, low mileage, rust-free 911SC, this first year Targa deserves your serious consideration.

We want this car to go to great home and would be happy to answer any questions or discuss a deal, so please feel free to email us or call us at 805-202-4557. You can also visit us online at GoodmanReed.

For U.S. buyers a 10% non-refundable deposit is required within 3 days of the auction’s end, the balance to be paid within 7 days of the auction’s end. Foreign buyers must pay in full within 7 business days of the auction’s end. Buyer is responsible for shipping, however we’d be more that happy to help with recommendations and arrangements. The car is listed locally and we reserve the right to end the auction at any time should it sell prior to auction’s end. Thanks for your interest.

Cork is my favorite interior color on the 911 and it looks absolutely fantastic here as a contrast to the Wine Red exterior. I especially like the look with the Targa top removed where the profile shows just enough of the seat backs that we get a glimpse of that contrast. I do wonder if the first buyer of this 911 had a certain sense of humor in choosing a cork interior to go with a wine red exterior. Very fitting combination.

The overall condition of this 911SC looks quite good and other than the radio it looks to possess its original items. We are told that much of the interior is original, though the seats have been reupholstered. They look to have been done well. We aren’t told whether the exterior paint is original. Even if repainted, it looks well cared for. The biggest questions appear to be about its maintenance and history about which we are provided little here. Some research hopefully can provide what we need in that regard. Otherwise, this is a beautiful 911SC Targa coming from the first year of the 911SC’s production. Bidding sits currently at $27,300 and I imagine we’ll either see that come close to the BIN price or someone simply will step in and purchase it prior to auction’s end.

-Rob

1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe

I wouldn’t say this is a rare occurrence, but there are times when I come across a 911 and think to myself, “Man, I kinda like this one, but I can’t really tell you exactly why that is.” It’s not rarity, it’s not performance, I may not even find it strikingly pretty. I suppose really it’s just the sum of the parts. The appeal for me does tend to come from certain models – the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera – but otherwise we’re talking about standard 911s. I love them and I imagine I’m not alone. We all have our eye out for those rare beauties, but sometimes it’s the familiar that keeps us coming back.

That all, more or less, sums up this feature: a Grand Prix White 1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in Richmond, with around 98K miles on it.

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Year: 1978
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 98,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Offering an absolutely beautiful 1978 911 SC. This car is under consignment and has been owned for a little over 4 years by its current owner. It has had its AC converted and is blowing nice and cold. Other being slightly lowered and having an aftermarket radio the car is stock. This car shows EXTREMELY well for its age and I have service records dating back to 1990! Please call, text, email, if you have any questions.

Paint readings:
Hood-7.5
Roof-7.5
Trunk-9.5
RF-4.5
LF-4.5
RD-3.5
LD-7.5
R 1/4-5.5
L 1/4-5.5

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1978 was the debut year of the 911SC and the model – along with its successor the 3.2 Carrera – helped release the 911 from the doldrums of the mid-70s when emission restrictions and other aesthetic changes hampered both the 911’s appeal as well as its reliability. Porsche made up for those reliability issues by producing a 3.0 liter engine that has proved to be one of the most reliable engines (perhaps the most reliable) it has produced. Aesthetically not much had changed, but performance and driveability both had taken steps forward and the fate of the 911 itself became more secure.

This SC presents pretty well showing less wear inside and out than we’d think typical of a car approaching its 40th year. It’s mostly original, but I’m not sure we’re here for perfect collector-level originality. The seller provided paint readings probably hint that the paint isn’t wholly original, but it doesn’t appear to be fully resprayed either. And with fewer than 100K miles on the clock this 911 should have a lot of life left in it if its maintenance has been sound. Like with most SCs of this nature we would expect the final price to be on the reasonable side and current bidding follows that line, sitting at $27,500. The reserve is unmet and I’d assume we’ll need to get at least into the low-30s to have a chance at reaching it, but overall the hope here would be for a nice value and a 911 that will provide plenty of usable joy.

-Rob

Minerva Blue 1978 Porsche 930

I’m pretty much at a point where a Minerva Blue Metallic Porsche is an automatic feature for me. When that wonderful blue exterior is contrasted with a Cork interior, then I can’t feature it quickly enough. That’s exactly what we have with this 1978 Porsche 930 and like other such combinations we have seen, the appearance is phenomenal. 1978 marked one of the few model years of significant change for the 930. Most notably it brought an increase in displacement, now up to 3.3 liters from the 3.0 liter flat-six that had served during it’s first two years. The new engine also brought with it an air-to-air intercooler and the necessary redesign of the whale tail spoiler so as to better allow for airflow into that intercooler. Naturally those changes brought with them increased horsepower raising those levels to 265 hp (up from 245 hp) for U.S. models. Even though they are more powerful the ’78 and ’79 model year 930s don’t typically command higher values than their earlier 3.0 liter counterparts. The seller here seems intent on challenging that generally accepted notion.

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1978 Porsche 911SC Targa

In my journey through the world of green 911s I haven’t forgotten about those less rare cars and of course, one of my favorites, the 911SC. I’ve seen a lot of SCs lately, especially Targas, actually selling. Much of that is because they’re now coming up with much more reasonable prices, yet still presenting in good condition. Granted, they are definitely of the ‘driver’ quality but that’s ok and there will always be a place for such cars. Nearly everyone who writes here and reads these pages came to their love of automobiles from the exhilaration that comes from driving them. It isn’t always easy to find air-cooled 911s for prices that don’t make you cringe every time you leave the garage, but they do exist. Now that I’ve said all of those hopeful things I’m going to feature this 911SC, which is priced a little higher (sorry!), but given how good it looks still represents a little bit of a step back in the market. We’ll have to see where bidding takes it and I suspect its ultimate selling price will be below this ask. Anyway let’s get to the car: here we have a Copper Bronze Metallic 1978 Porsche 911SC Targa, located in North Carolina, with Cork interior and 36,280 miles on it.

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1978 Porsche 930 Martini Championship Edition

Martini’s sponsorship is fairly well known in racing circles and the connection to Porsche has been solidified for decades. Naturally, Martini cosmetic packages have been around nearly as long. While mostly used by racers who desired a more bonafide appearance for their track cars, the graphics packages available from Porsche found their way to street cars as well. We’ve seen them on the 911SC and the 924. In some cases, if you had a chance to step inside one of those machines you might come across something truly special: a Martini package that included an interior treatment. These are wild and certainly not for the faint of heart. The most sought after of all were the packages applied to the 930. How many were there? The numbers don’t seem certain as I’ve seen suggestions ranging from three total all the way up to eight! As you can tell, regardless of the numbers there were very few of these genuine 930 Martini packages produced. The car we see here, a 1978 Porsche 930, purports to be one of those few. Whether it is can be hard to know for sure and we aren’t offered a lot here to validate those claims other than the reputation of a dealer that tends to traffic in some very high caliber vehicles. If it is the real deal, then this 930 not only should make for a wonderful edition to any Porsche collection, but it will also be quite valuable.

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1978 Mercedes-Benz 350SE

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Another week, another Mercedes with a bunch of strange things that I try to make sense of. This handsome 1978 350SE located in Tennessee caught my attention with its slim euro bumpers and other little details that makes this car stand out from the rest of the pack. So let’s take a look at what makes this W116 so special and a little bit odd.

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1978 Volkswagen Dasher Wagon with 23k miles – REVISIT

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The low mileage, mint condition Volkswagen Dasher Wagon we featured for a second time in November of last year has reappeared once again. They don’t get any better than this, so if you want to help clear your mind of recent emission scandal and reminisce about the good old days, this would be a good VW in which to do it.

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1978 BMW 320i

7The E21 has never been quite as popular among enthusiasts as later iterations of the 3-series. Produced between 1977 and 1983, the E21 was the successor to the beloved 2002 and the first in the line of BMW’s compact sedans to carry the “3-series” designation. Available only as a two-door sedan (and eventually a Baur cabriolet conversion, produced in very small numbers), the Paul Bracq-led design contains a number of classic cues: the steeply raked front nose and kidney grilles, the four round headlights and the “hoffmeister kink” in the C-pillar among them. Even when stymied by the dreaded, US-spec diving board bumpers, as here, these wedge-shaped cars have a quirky and charming look that embodies the best of early BMW styling.

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1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe

I’m going to step forward one year from yesterday’s 911S Targa to look at the model that replaced it: the 911SC. This was to begin the 911’s heyday as the 911SC and its successor the 3.2 Carrera would propel the model forward and insure its top status at Porsche. Chief among the issues to be addressed with this new model was the engine. Reliability issues had hampered the previous 2.7 liter engines, but with the introduction of a naturally-aspirated version of the 3.0 liter flat-six that had been serving duty in the 930, Porsche was able to provide both more power and better reliability. Always a winning combination. These 3.0 liter engines have proven to be some of the most reliable Porsche has used in the 911 and they are one of the reasons the 911SC remains such a great option for buyers today. With good care they easily stretch into six-figure mileage, yet values for cars in good condition have remained fairly reasonable relative to later models. While a 911SC certainly won’t provide the performance capabilities of the more modern 964 or 993 their appearance remains classic and their 180 horses still provide enough power for any backroad enjoyment. The example we see here is a very low mileage Silver 1978 Porsche 911SC Coupe, located in Tennessee, with an interesting Black interior with velour seat inserts.

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1978 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB

While we’re probably all familiar with the legendary Mercedes-Benz 600, one little fact of which enthusiasts may be unaware is that these behemoths were produced all the way up until 1981. It’s fairly amazing this über sedan that was introduced in 1963 outlasted the W116 S-class that was introduced in 1972 and lived on to see the birth of the W126 S-Class. In its time, this was quite possibly the best car money could buy, favored by dictators, celebrities and the well-to-do alike. The car wasn’t just a pretty face, however. It was also a technical tour de force, with a SOHC 6.3 liter V8 under the hood, a hydraulic pressure system that powered everything from the windows to the self closing doors and trunk as well as adjustable air suspension. This right-hand drive example for sale in London is not only rather uncommon due to its late build date, but has a rather muted cloth interior in place of the usual leather we see in these limousines.

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