1979 Porsche 911SC Targa

Here’s another 1979 Porsche 911SC, this time a Targa, and you’ll notice it’s a good bit different from yesterday’s example! For one, it’s from Europe (or, at least, the European market since they’re all from Europe). For the most part the differences between Euro market classic 911s and their American counterparts aren’t all that significant. So it usually is not a huge deal to find one and we don’t really see too much difference in value. We hear various anecdotes about better handling and performance due to revised suspension and varying weight, and while they certainly may be true those changes are more subtle. You’ll probably notice them, but it’s not like the Carrera RS vs RS America.

There are some aesthetic differences though that can make these an attractive alternative. For one, there’s a greater prevalence of cloth seat inserts, which I love. They provide contrast as well as a very period-correct look and feel. Add in the wind-up windows of this SC and you’ve nearly left the world or technology behind.

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Year: 1979
Model: 911SC Targa
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 44,430 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1979 Porsche 911 SC Targa

Same owner since 1985
European market spec 911SC (lighter weight and more torque)
Fitted with euro market seats and wheels
One of 3,607 targa Porsche 911s made for 1979
Black metallic exterior and cork cloth/vinyl interior
Remarkable exterior paint that has a slight purple violet tint that is similar to the viola-metallic paint from 1993 Jahre 911’s
3.0L aluminum flat six-cylinder engine producing 195 ft/lbs with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection
Five-speed manual transmission
Power brakes, heated sideview mirrors, removable Targa top and “Whale Tail” rear wing
New paint, brakes, Sony sound system and Bridgestone tires
MotoeXotica Classic Cars is proud to offer a Teutonic favorite, a 1979 Porsche 911 SC Targa that has had the same owner for the past 32 years. Road & Track magazine called it “one of the best GTs in the world, exotic cars notwithstanding. Its performance, handling, looks, ride and quality are second-to-none…” This is a rare model, with just over 3,600 examples made in 1979 and this particular 911 is a european market spec car that benefits with lighter weight and more torque than the NA market 911’s.

Finished in striking black exterior, this car’s new professional metallic paint is in excellent condition as expected. This remarkable paint job has a slight purple violet tint that reminds us of the viola-metallic paint from 1993 Jahre 911’s. The car’s windows are in overall very good condition, clear and intact. This Porsche’s lights, including its Hella headlights, are also clear and haze-free. This wunderauto rolls on new Bridgestone tires, 195/60R15 in front and 215/60R15 in back, and surround Fuchs alloy wheels that are painted charcoal gray and look great against the black paint.

All of the Porsche’s body panels are straight and solid and was a recipient of a window out quality respray, including the removable targa top and the famous “Whale Tail” rear wing. The engine bay is quite tidy under that whale tail and the car’s bumpers look great. Under that giant spoiler is a 3.0L horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and buttoned to a five-speed manual transmission. Driver convenience features include power brakes and heated sideview mirrors.

Inside, the car’s distinctive cork-colored interior is very eye-catching. If you hold still after opening the doors, you can hear the car’s original clock still tick. The cloth and vinyl bucket seats are in very good order while the back seat looks equally fine and makes a great place to temporarily stash the targa during a drive. The matching color carpet is in overall good condition, as is the instrument panel with its VDO gauges but there is a crack visible on the passenger side of the dash. The blower motor switch is inoperable. A four-spoke steering wheel is present and in good order, as are the car’s inner door panels, mirror glass, center console and shifter. Finishing off the interior is a Sony AM/FM stereo with CD player.

In 1978, Porsche introduced the new version of the 911, called the ‘911SC’. Porsche reintroduced the SC designation for the first time since the 356SC (as distinguished from the race engined 356 Carrera). There was no Carrera version of the 911SC. The “SC” stands for Super Carrera. It featured a 3.0-liter aluminum engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and a 5-speed 915 transmission.

In 1979, Porsche had plans to replace the 911 with the new 928. Sales of the 911 remained so strong that Porsche revised its strategy and decided to inject new life into the 911 editions.

Competition to this Porsche in 1979 included Chevrolet’s Corvette, Ferrari’s 308 GTS, Mazda’s RX-7, Mercedes-Benz’s 450SL, Nissan’s 280ZX and Porsche’s own 928.

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 44,430 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

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VIN: 9119311575

While I generally really like the look of this 911SC Targa – cloth seats, cookie cutters, classic Targa design – there are a couple issues that immediately jump out. The first I find kind of confusing. The seller refers to the color as black metallic. It doesn’t look black metallic, and the seller’s description of the color as somewhat purplish doesn’t match the black metallic Porsche produced at the time. Which would make me think it is not painted its original color. Or I’d think that if it didn’t look like a standard non-metallic black! So I’m not sure what the seller is quite describing here. Either the pictures aren’t showing the metallic nature of the paint or it isn’t metallic at all. The second, perhaps more minor flaw, is that the tail is incorrect. This is a tail from the 930 – generally referred to as the tea tray – rather than the standard whale tail of the 911SC and later 3.2 Carrera. For some that issue might be minor. For me, as a big fan of the whale tail, it’s a nuisance because I think the tea tray looks really out of place on a narrow-body 911. That’s probably not a big deal to change, but it’s there.

I doubt the issues stop there, but given that it has been under long-term ownership we can at least hope this 911’s service history will be easily discernible. Even better if it’s completely up to date! This is a really nice looking Targa as I love the contrast of the Black exterior with Cork interior. And as I noted I really like the seats and the way they fit into the overall look of this 911. Bidding right now sits at a very reasonable $21,802. There are certainly some questions to be asked about this one, but if bidding remains in this area it should be a very nice value for a pretty unique 911.

-Rob

1979 Porsche 911SC Backdate Hot Rod

I didn’t know exactly what to call this 911. I’ve sort of gone with how the seller has termed it as a 911SC Hot Rod, which I guess is accurate, but it’s also a backdated build since it now sports a long hood in place of the standard SC impact bumpers. Though unlike a lot of backdated SCs the goal here wasn’t to replicate the RS or RSR. So this one sort of stands separated from many of the rest and I actually appreciate that diverence.

With all of that out of the way, it looks phenomenal! There’s a great mix of subtlety and flash here that comes together really well. It also appears to be very well done in all regards. We come across a lot of these builds and they come in a variety of levels of execution. From what we can see here, this is one of the better ones.

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Year: 1979
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 47,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1979 911sc coupe hot rod build details

Exterior:

NOS Front latch panel to backdate
Getty Hood
Getty Front fenders
Getty Front bumper
Getty Quarter Panels
OEM Front horn grilles
Reproduction turn signal housings
Euro H4 headlights
Factory hood latch (upper and lower)
Helion Full Carbon Fiber Roof
Getty rear decklid
Mini duck tail spoiler
New Polished aluminum decklid grille
New Porsche “911” gold emblem
New “Porsche” script gold emblem
Getty Rear Bumper, heavily modified to accept factory chrome bumpers
New Chrome rear bumpers (modified and chopped)
Helion Composite 911r taillight housings molded in body
Factory door handles drilled and rechromed
New Factory keys and locks installed
all new factory rubber seals installed
Factory Pop Out rear windows installed
all hardward has been professionally Zinc Plated by Tru6
Rennline front ventilation kit delete
Helion Composite Steering cover
Helion Composite Smugglers lid
Rennline Battery relocation kit
Odysessy 925 battery
Glass out bare metal Glasurit Pepper white Paint job

Suspension
New Factory front RSR Coilovers
New Factory rear RSR Coilovers
New Eibach 250# front springs
New Eibach 300# rear srings
Tarret Engineering 935 front suspension
Tarret Engineering thru body front 20mm sway bar
Tarret Engineering Rear 22mm sway bar
Tarret Engineering 935 rear spring plates
Rennline front Mono Ball Strut Mount
RSR Rear bracing welded shock towers
RSR Rear spring plate bacing welded in
996T front brake kit with stainless lines
996T rear brake kit with stainless lines
New Turbo 23mm Master Cylinder installed
Rennline rear Mono Ball swing arm bushings
Rennline 3pt front strut brace
Wheels
Factory fuchs custom gold
Toyo Ra1 tires 215/50 and 225/45
Factory Lugs professionally plated by Tru6

Engine
Numbers Matching 79 Big Port 3.0 rebuilt
Custom Jenvey Individual Throttle Body kit installed
AEM Standalone Engine Management
Custom built wiring harness
Bosch Ignition Coils
Clewett crank trigger wheel
Clewett Aluminum Crank Pulley
Clewett Hall Effect sensor and bracket
Custom made throttle body air horns and filters
New Bosch 044 fuel pump
Earls Fuel lines and fittings
Earls Fuel Filter
Aeromotive Fuel pressure regulator
EB Motorsports RSR Engine Shroud
EB Motorsports RSR Engine Tin set
Fan, shroud, cross bar, engine mounts all powdercoated
Wevo Blue Engine mounts
Update Valeo 3 wire alternator
Becker RSR Stainless Headers
M&K GT3 muffler
Oil Tank professionally cleaned and painted with new sender installed
Rennline Stainless Alternator strap
Engine Compartment has been completely welded shut, body worked, and painted body color
New Factory engine compartment seals installed
Custom Leather sound pad

Trans
Patrick motorsports RSR Aluminum Flywheel
RSR Aluminum Pressure Plate
New Sachs clutch disc
New pilot bearing
New Throw Out Bearing
915 trans was completely rebuilt by Jerrys Auto
Hardware all Zinc Plated
Wevo Blue Trans mounts installed
Wevo 915 shift assembly installed
Wevo Percision Shift Coupler

Interior
Brey Krause Stainless Harness Bar
custom REPA 3′ harnesses
GTS Kevlar Front Seats covered in Red Leather outers and Leather Basket weave centers
GTS custom made rear parcel shelf with red leather / basket weave
GTS rear seat bottoms in red leather / basket weave
Custom Made door panels in Red Leather Basket Weave
Custom made Kick panels covered in red leather
black leather door straps
GT Racing aluminum door handles
GT Racing aluminum door pull surround
Rennline Aluminum Carpet thresholds
Rennline Aluminum door sills
German Oatmeal square weave carpet custom kit
Rennline Aluminum Passenger Floor Board
Rennline Aluminum Drivers Floor Board
Rennline Aluminum Pedal set
Rennline Aluminum Trans coupler cover
Rennline Aluminum Dash Delete
Factory Backdated glove box door
Rennline Aluminum one piece lower dash wrapped in black leather
New German Headliner
Nardi Steering wheels with leather Porsche horn button
Pedal Box has been fully rebuilt and powdercoated
Rennline Gauge Rings

TOTAL WEIGHT WITH ¾ TANK OF FUEL IS 2088 POUNDS!!!!

There is a pretty long shopping list of modifications to this 911. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on every detail utilized because there’s a lot here, but this isn’t a build that focused on upgrading a single area with only made minor changes to the rest. The entire car appears to have been fully gone over, upgraded and lightened. Most of the body panels – especially front and rear – have been replaced, there’s new lighting all around, and the interior has been redone in a custom red leather basket weave along with a heavy dose of aluminum. It looks great! The combination of white, gold, and red works strangely well. Meaning, I wouldn’t really have expected these colors to pair well. I think the touched-up lighting in the photos actually is counter productive and working to the detriment of the car. It’s too bad we don’t really see the full effect, but the car still looks good.

The engine and transmission sound like they’re the original units from this 911SC. Each has been fully rebuilt and upgraded. Strictly visually speaking, I love seeing a set of ITBs on an engine. I’m sure they sound even better! We don’t get a statement about its current power, but with a stated weight of under 2,100 lbs it should go quite well even if power levels are close to stock. The suspension and braking also have been revised, borrowing heavily from the RSR and 911 Turbo. This is one that buyers really will want to drive to get a sense of how well everything has come together. This 911 certainly has the right look, the question is whether it also will have the right feel.

Bidding has been fairly strong too. Right now it sits at $90,100 with a few days remaining and with the reserve met. I’m curious where this auction will end because we see a lot of these cars and pricing them is always difficult, especially with the air-cooled market generally not doing as well as in the past. As one of the more thoroughly executed examples this should at least give us some insight into the higher end for these builds utilizing the drivetrain of the 911SC or 3.2 Carrera.

-Rob

1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe

Every now and then I come across a 911 that I can’t stop looking at. The close ups, the profile, the little details, I’ll keep coming back to all of it trying to take in more and more of the car. This is one of those 911s. This 911 takes all of the best things about the 911SC and elevates them. The seller says his intention was to replicate the look of the Carrera 3.0 and in that regard it does very well. It has the “Carrera” script – perhaps the only thing I could do without but understandable in a car replicating a Carrera 3.0 – along with the front and rear spoilers from that Carrera (also shared by the 3.0 liter 930). Add in the bumper horns, the pop-out rear side windows, the various European parts, and upgraded suspension and the whole package comes together very nicely.

It isn’t just the little details that stand out, the colors are great too. I imagine there are other colors that I’d prefer, but the Tobacco Metallic paint we see here looks phenomenal fitting both the period and personality of the car well. That period-correct theme is continued in the interior which shows a contrasting cork seating with tartan inserts. It’s an unusual, but interesting combination that helps to take this 911 to the next level. All together this looks like a very well put together 911SC and definitely one of the better examples I’ve seen. It isn’t wholly original, but the upgrades are appropriate.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1979 Porsche 911SC Coupe on eBay

Year: 1979
Model: 911SC
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 49,481 mi
Price: $84,995 Buy It Now

Exceptional, one-of-a-kind, well-sorted, and well-loved 911SC “Super Carrera” for sale.

VIN: 91199200670 11/78
Made in West Germany

Genuine Porsche Certificate of Authenticity in hand.

Originally purchased from Rusnak Porsche in Pasadena, this California native car has never lived outside of Southern California. Enthusiast owned since birth with four owners over its lifespan (to my knowledge).

During my ownership the car won the 2012 PCA Beverly Hills Concours—”Unrestored” Class. This was the only time I have entered the car in a Concours or show.

Following that I upgraded much of the car with NOS/NLA/Genuine Porsche parts with the goal of emulating an German-delivery Carrera 3.0. I did this because I prefer the aesthetics of the Euro cars over their U.S. and ROW counterparts. I added a correct restored early Carrera tail and had the engine, transmission, AC, and clutch rebuilt/restored. Finally I removed the Air Pump, added SSI’s, and beefed up the suspension.

The suspension was lowered to European height, corner balanced, and dialed-in by specialist, Marty Mehterian, who sets up suspensions for Singer Porsche and Magnus Walker. As a result, the stance is spot on.

NO RUST. NO ISSUES. In fact, this car is a nearly flawless, mostly original example. Every aspect is in EXCELLENT CONDITION unless noted below.

All maintenance, service, and upgrades were performed by reputable, best-in-class Independent Porsche Service specialists. No DIY repairs. NO EXPENSE SPARED.

Super clean, tight, responsive—this 911 handles and sounds wonderfully!!

SUMMARY
49,481 miles
Rare “California Delivery” car
Rare two year only paint code (K5 Tobacco Metallic)
80% original paint
Rare dash/interior color (36 Cork Leatherette)
Original Cork dash, door inserts, and interior trim
Numbers matching
Original glass (good condition)
Original/recently rebuilt engine (6590434)
Original/recently rebuilt AC (blows cold)
Original/recently rebuilt transmission (193023)
Original/recently rebuilt master cylinder
Original/recently rebuilt clutch
Original/complete tool kit
Original spacesaver spare tire, jack, compressor
Power Windows
Electric Sliding Sunroof
No accidents or dings
Clear title
Non smoking
Always garage kept and covered
All receipts
All OEM manuals
Correct decals throughout
Both Keys

PROFESSIONALLY INSTALLED UPGRADES
New Genuine Porsche European Bumperettes
New Genuine Porsche European Turn Signal Lights
New Genuine Porsche Fog Lights
New Genuine Porsche Front Chin Spoiler
New Genuine Porsche Front Headlamp Spray System*
New Correct German Headliner
New Genuine Porsche Chrome Door Glass Frames
Rare/Complete Genuine Porsche Carrera Tail Deck Lid
Rare NOS/NLA Genuine Porsche Carrera Tail Rubber
Carrera Rear Quarter Pop-Out Windows
New Genuine Porsche Rear Wiper*
Rare NOS/NLA 15″ Fuchs Wheels (7/8’s)
Rare NOS/NLA Pirelli P7 Tires
Rare NLA Blaupunkt Bamberg Cassette/Radio/Mic*
New Correct German Carpet (Interior and Trunk)
New Wevo Gate Shifter
New Wevo Engine Mounts
New SSI Headers
New M&K Exhaust (2 in/1 out)
New Elephant Racing Torsion Bars/Bushings
New Koni Adjustable Shocks
* not connected/fully functional

EXTRA PARTS IN STORAGE
Original Front U.S. Bumper
Original Rear U.S. Bumper
Original Front (Non-Spoiler) Valence
Original Rear (Non-Spoiler) Deck Lid
Original Black Anodized Trim
Original Black Anodized Door Handles
Original Rear Quarter Windows/Frames
Original Blaupunkt CR-2001 AM/FM Cassette Radio
Original California/U.S. Air Pump System
Original Headlamps and Turn Signals
Rare NOS/NLA Genuine Porsche Carrera Tail Rubber
Rare NOS/NLA Pirelli P7 Tires (2 rears)

This combination of mileage, provenance, condition, options, NOS/NLA parts, rare color, and extras put this car in an elite class of collectible automobiles.

Similar to the Audi Quattro, BMW E30 M3, Lancia Delta, Renault R5 and other great 80’s era Group B European rally cars, there’s no denying that the 911 G-Series is an iconic range of automobiles whose time has come.

According to Hagerty, air-cooled Porsche values have exploded more than 300% in the last 5 years. At less than half the average price of a 76-77 era Turbo Carrera and with similar same stage presence/sex appeal, this 911SC is a smart, fun investment whose value is poised to keep climbing well into the future.

My goal is to make this transaction totally safe and secure for both parties. I will happily assist with PPI’s, requests for info, and shipping via Buyer’s transport company of choice.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

$1,000 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit due from Buyer upon auction end or upon winning bid.

Full payment due from Buyer within 5 business days of auction end or winning bid.

Buyer is responsible for transport set up and fees within 5 business days of payment clearing.

On Day 6, storage fees of $25 per day begin and must be paid before vehicle will be release to transport or Buyer.

Paypal, bank, or wire transfer fees paid by Buyer.

Tax, title, and tags paid by Buyer.

Seller will not “hold” the car for purchase on the promise of payment.

Do not Buy unless you have funds immediately available or financing already approved.

If Buyer reneges or breaks any of the deal Terms & Conditions, Seller will file a formal complaint through eBay, take full legal action as allowable by law, and block the bidder.

Car is owned outright by the Seller. Clean and clear title in hand.

Car is sold as-is, where-is.

Seller strongly recommends/welcomes a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection (PPI).

PPI report is paid for by the Buyer. Once executed it becomes the property of both the Seller and Buyer.

Priority will be given to those seeking/executing a PPI.

Shipping is paid by the Buyer’s and is their full responsibility. The Transporter is the Buyer’s agent acting on the Buyer’s behalf.

CALL/TEXT 646-217-9225 FOR MORE INFO
This is a private owner sale. Will consider a collector car trade of equal/greater value.

Thank you!

For those who might be interested in such things this 911SC also comes with quite a bit of its original parts. I can’t really imagine why someone would want to buy this particular car and then revert it to its original appearance, but it’s still nice to have those parts. And, of course, they could probably be sold if you really didn’t want them. But at this asking price – and it is a very high asking price – there are going to be cheaper alternatives for those who want an original condition SC.

So, with all of the great qualities of this 911 is it worth an asking price of $85K? That’s higher than just about any 911SC we’ve come across, though as the seller notes it’s still much lower than the price of either an early 930 or a Carrera 3.0. I don’t know exactly how relevant that is since it is only the aesthetics that are replicated here, but it is a point to be considered. I honestly don’t know what it would cost to replicate the build. First you’d have to start with a 911SC with this mileage and in excellent condition, which alone could set you back $40-$50K. Add in that this car is ready to go and I could see the price making some sense if everything is just how you want it. Granted, you could get one with more miles and lesser condition to provide yourself an initial lower cost, but at some point the comparison becomes apples to oranges.

At the end of the day, this looks like a pretty great looking 911 that’s been very well executed. Whether it’s worth this asking price will be quite subjective, but it’s not priced too differently from many of the backdated 911s we see so I do think there is a market for such a car. You’re certainly going to get a lot of looks and interest from fans of these ’70s 911s.

-Rob

1979 BMW 525

The 1977 BMW 525 I looked at in June was a reminder that the E12 was a pretty simple car. It was lovely, too, and I was likely drawn to it by the Amazonitgrün Metallic paint – a hue in many ways mirrored by the Phoenix Yellow Metallic of the E46 M3. But while it looked really great, there was a major issue in that the car’s home location was Bulgaria. While importation wouldn’t be impossible and the asking price was reasonable, the expense of importing such a bare-bones model here would probably have most Bimmer fans questioning the sanity of someone who would do such a thing.

What if, though, it were already in the ‘Land of the Free’?

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 280S

Produced between 1972 and 1980, the W116 was the first car from Mercedes to officially bear the name “S-class.” Representing the pinnacle of luxury, safety and German engineering in the period, American customers could choose from several gasoline-powered V8s: a 3.5 liter unit in the 350SE/L, a 4.5 liter unit in the 450 SE/L and a gargantuan 6.9 liter unit in the infamous, high performance 6.9 SEL. But in Europe, the car was also available in base spec as the 280S, powered by a carbureted (rather than fuel injected) version of the M110 2.8 liter straight six.

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

Imagine walking into a Mercedes-Benz dealer today and saying “Yes, I’m in the market for a new SL. Do you have one in yellow?” The sales representative would probably look at you a little strange then come to realize he or she could talk you into plopping down an extreme amount for a custom color — granted that dealer had enough pull to fulfill the request. But roughly 38 years ago, you could grab a SL right off the lot in yellow. No one batted an eye at this because after all, it was 1979 and yellow was also a color that people painted their homes. Not everyone is now lining up to buy a yellow house (unless it’s at a beach) but this 1979 450SL up for sale in Tennessee? It’s garnering bids because it is not ugly, but period correct.

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Year: 1979
Model: 450SL
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 102,627 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

You are bidding on a very desirable highly optioned 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Convertible finished in maple yellow with saddle interior. Between 2013 and 2017, this classic was painted back to the original color, base coat/clear coat including the removable hard top. A brake job was completed including resurfaced rotors and drums, new pads, hone wheel cylinders. New plugs, wires, distributor cap, and battery were installed and tires replaced as well as a complete tune-up. A new set of Jaspe (Black-Tan-Rust) floor mats were installed. Reserve is less than restoration receipts alone. Winning bidder will also receive a new hard top rolling stand with cover to store the hardtop when not on car. Vehicle will need a new convertible top installed and you can pick your favorite color.

Mileage may vary slightly from photo as this car is driven occasionally. Clear Mississippi title will be provided. Reserve is very low (less than recent restoration receipts) so bid with confidence. This car runs and drives great with no smoke or leaks. Tracks down the road straight with plenty of power. Chrome is in good condition with one minor scratch shown in photo and black bumper trim is in good shape. All gauges work (speedometer, odometer, tach, temp, gas gauge, oil pressure, etc. )including the clock. Lights and blinkers work perfectly. Even the original AM/FM Becker radio and speakers work properly. Among the many factory options include power electric windows, folding armrest, auto antenna (works), heat insulating glass, bumper guards, central locking system and others. Headliner on hard top is in good condition. Some small pieces of carpet have been removed when car was painted but are in trunk and can be reinstalled or you can inexpensively install these small pieces with new carpet. Two pieces of chrome trim missing on side of seats but these are available and do not affect the functioning of the seats. Dash pad is good with one small crack shown in photos. ACC unit works intermittently.

VERY LOW RESERVE, less than restoration receipts provided with sale of car. Local pick up available but buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping. Car is being sold for a friend and is located in Memphis, Tennessee. $1,000 deposit required within 48 hours (cash, certified check, or PayPal. Balance due within three days. I can assist with loading if car is being shipped.

This R107 is far from a cream puff or garage queen. It has been painted once, it needs a new convertible top, the wood is cracking, some of the carpet is missing, it has a dash cap that even has a large split in it and under the hood is some serious oxidation. Despite all this, the seller says that mechanically the car up to snuff and everything is working fine. I’d still be wary of everything on this car but it doesn’t seem like it is a total lost cause. 1979 wasn’t a great year by any means for the R107 as you still were saddled with the 3-speed automatic, single-row timing chain M117 V8 and god forsaken automatic climate control system. But for whatever reason, these things still have a fair amount of demand.

Where this auction ends will be interesting. This is no doubt a real work in progress car that can still be driven, but you would think anyone buying one of these in yellow wants to show it off. The haggard interior will need some effort and I would think the price would reflect that. It still amazes that R107s like these will bring a higher price than a decent R129 that is in much better shape. If this thing tops $10,000 I’ll be beside myself, but then again nothing in this inflated market really shocks me anymore.

– Andrew

1979 Volkswagen Scirocco

Early water-cooled Volkswagens are now entering an interesting phase of market value. For some time, if you bought one and restored it there was only one reason – you absolutely wanted it to be what you wanted it to be, regardless of cost. It was a losing proposition in terms of value as you poured your hard-earned cash into bringing your beloved people’s car back from the brink of extinction. People would openly question your sanity; for your investment, you could have had a brand new car, after all. Even a VW!

But over the past few years, the tide has turned as greater appreciation for the early designs has swelled. Of course, the pool of remaining candidates hasn’t, so prices on pristine original examples have been driven heavily upwards. $22,000 for a low mileage GTI? $17,000 for an original survivor Scirocco? These were numbers that, not long ago, got you a pretty nice Porsche 911 of the same vintage. As a result, it’s suddenly becoming economically viable to restore these early Volkswagens and not lose your shirt.

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Light Yellow 1979 Porsche 930 – No Reserve

Let’s continue looking at the 930 market and where values currently lie. Perhaps to an even greater degree than yesterday’s example, this paint-to-sample Light Yellow 1979 Porsche 930 with just 14,997 miles on it should provide a window onto that market. It’s up for auction with no reserve, which itself is kind of peculiar with a car like this, but maybe this dealer has had it for a while and is ready to move on. Bidding is at $103,046, a low mark given where some excellent examples have sold, so we’ll have to see where it ends.

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Year: 1979
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 14,997 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

NO RESERVE AUCTION

Rare Opportunity to Own this 1 of 1 Paint to Sample 1979 Porsche 930 in Museum Quality. Factory Paint to Sample Light Yellow with Original Paint in Perfect Condition and free of any noticeable Rock Chips. Rare Factory Sports Seats in Black Full Leather. Limited Slip & Factory Power Sunroof. Fully Documented Miles. 100% Original Paint ( paint meter is consistent) Interior is ALL ORIGINAL with zero dye or repairs. Carpet is all original and in near new condition. Owned previously by 2 Porsche Collectors. Recent $18,000 Engine Out Service with full documentation done appx 6 months ago by world renowned Carrera Shop in NY. Fully Documented with Photos.

Similar vehicle with similar miles sold for $302,000 at Goodings-
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We are told that everything here is original: the interior, the paint, and the mileage and that all of that is documented. We are shown some documents, but not enough to support the claim of full documentation. Verifying those claims will be paramount to coming to terms with this 930’s value and with the relatively low bidding I do wonder if something else is afoot. But there isn’t anything to immediately raise me suspicions. We are provided with a lot of pictures and everything looks in very nice shape. The paint looks great and the interior presents as free of cracks and tears and generally looks free of any significant wear. Maybe this 930 will end up as a really nice value, or maybe bidding will move up steadily over the coming days. We will just have to keep any eye on it to find out.

-Rob

1979 Porsche 930

This is a strikingly pretty Porsche 930. Wait…pretty isn’t the word I’m looking for. Let’s just say it’s pretty damn striking and a great looking 930. Guards Red makes for a familiar exterior color on Porsches from the ’80s. It is a less prevalent color on Porsches from the ’70s, but still one we see and recognize almost immediately. Where this 1979 Porsche 930’s Guards Red paint raises the bar is that it has Turbo graphics. Ok, graphics aren’t for everyone and maybe they can be a little bit boy racer, but the Turbo graphics on early 930s are a different animal. They’re subtle. In some cases almost so subtle that you miss that they’re even there. They are a fantastic complement to the black trim accents of the 930 in general. Yes you get whooshing turbo script down the rear quarter, but it’s a car from the ’70s and it just feels right. This is the first time I’ve seen the graphics on a Guards Red 930. I’m sold!

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Year: 1979
Model: 911 Turbo
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 29,931 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1979 Porsche 911 Turbo!! Collector Quality!! All Original!! 29K Original Miles!! Best Color Combo!!

This Porsche 911 Turbo Is In Guards Red

Over Black Leather Interior Which Makes It The Classic Porsche Color Combo! Aquired From The Amazing Porsche Collection Of A Florida Doctor. No Expensed Or Effort Spared In The Curation Of This Piece Of Porsche History. Rarely Do You Find A 1979 Turbo With All Its Original Parts In Place. Original Radio, Exhaust, Mufflers and Intercoolers. This Is A Numbers Matching U.S. Car.

Loaded With Collectible Features Such As…

• U.S. Equiptment

• Rare Factory Porsche Turbo Decals

• Porsche Certificate Of Authenticity

• Original Manuals

• Original Emergency Inflator Still In Box

• Original Porsche Tool Set

• Brand New Tires

• Electric Sunroof

1979 Porsche Turbos In This Original Condition Are Rarely Available. Be The Next Owner Of This One Of A Kind Classic. Please Feel Free To Contact Our Sales Dept. With Any Questions You May Have At 561-445-5093.

Add that this great looking Turbo only has 29,931 miles on it and we’ve got ourselves a serious commodity. As with quite a few Porsches like this that we come across the elephant in the room is documentation. Other than the CoA we aren’t told much is available. We have a picture that appears to show a small stack of papers, but nothing more. That means we don’t know if the paint and interior are original. We don’t know if the graphics came with the car. We don’t have verification of the mileage. Lastly, the ride height looks high. That could be the photos or maybe the ground isn’t level or maybe my eyes deceive me, but it looks high.

That’s not a small list of details and those details will be what determines the price. We’ve seen a fully original low-mileage ’79 930 exceed $200K. Bidding here sits at only $75,100. Where bidding should end will depend upon those details. This is a great looking Turbo and one that I’m sure many would be interested in having. We just need to know precisely what we’re getting.

-Rob

1979 Porsche 924 Sebring Edition

Porsche has never been one to shy away from special editions. You could probably populate the pages of this blog daily with the veritable cornucopia of limited-run models Stuttgart thinks up at every board meeting. So it comes as no surprise that Porsche’s tried and true formula of “Add Limited Edition” immediately found its way into their new 924 chassis as soon as it was released. I covered these special models last year over at The Truth About Cars, but you’re probably already familiar with a few as we’ve seen them before on these pages.

The first to hit was the Championship Edition (Martini) 924 in 1976-7. It was primarily an appearance package with the signature red/blue Martini stripes over a body in white with a unique interior, though the model also got sway bars for some performance gain. About 3,000 were produced. In 1978 that was followed by the Limited Edition; again, a special color with special Pascha interior, sway bars and the addition of fog lights. In 1979, to celebrate the 1978 victory of Porsche 935s at Sebring, Porsche introduced a new limited model. Dubbed ‘Sebring ’79’, the new model took aspects of both the Martini and Limited models and combined them. You got sway bars and fog lights (Sebring takes place partially during the night, after all!), and the model was presented in bright Guards Red paintwork with a Tartan interior inserts. Porsche upped the race decal quotient from the Martini car; not only were there yellow race stripes that flowed down the sides, those stripes encircled the car now. Giant “Sebring ’79’ decals adorned the front fenders and the tail, as well. And if you forgot what you were driving, Porsche slapped a huge ‘924’ white decal in the middle of the headlight filler panel. As 924 special editions went, it was the closest to a full-sized Matchbox car you could buy. This was option M429, but there was a further option to upgrade to the Turbo-spec 5-bolt hubs and ATS mesh wheels that is very rarely seen, as most have the black painted wheels with chrome trim rings that came standard, just as this example does:

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