Lot 185

London 2016

1980 Porsche 911 SC Targa


£30,240 GBP | Sold

United Kingdom | London, United Kingdom



Chassis No.
Engine No.
Italian Libretto
  • Exceptionally well preserved; still sporting its original paint
  • Perfect entry ticket into the collector car community
  • Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

188 bhp, 2,993 cc horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, five speed manual transaxle, front suspension with MacPherson struts with single lower transverse A-arms and independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, transverse torsion bars and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,270 mm

Porsche’s newest variant of the now well-respected 911 for 1978 was the 911 SC. Fitted with a revised version of Porsche’s 3.0-litre flat-six, the engine produced plenty of power and torque lower in the rev range and had a fun, free-revving tendency, making it quite entertaining to drive. These engines were also much more reliable than the 2.7-litre flat-six they replaced, and the car’s longevity was further reinforced with fully galvanized body shells.

David E. Davis Jr. of Car & Driver magazine lauded the 911 SC in their March 1978 issue, noting that, “There is a hard-to-define ‘rightness’ about this car, inside and out. It’s tight, solid, and apparently very well put together. It fairly shouts quality. Driving it is an exercise in euphoria, a chance to sample something as different from conventional cars as turbo-props were from piston-driven aircraft. If you’ve never owned a Porsche, or driven one, you owe yourself the experience.”

Despite Porsche’s plans to replace the 911 with the 928, sales remained strong and Porsche decided that it would keep the 911 in its lineup. This was no doubt thanks to the 911 SC, and Porsche would continue to refresh and improve the 911 for years to come. Initially only available in coupé and targa bodywork, a cabriolet was first made available in 1983.

Finished in traditional silver with a black leather interior, this SC Targa was produced in February 1980 according to the accompanying Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. It is presented here in truly exceptional original condition, retaining its original paint and a nearly flawless interior. According to the consignor, there are no signs of rust or previous accident damage, thus only adding to its impeccable pedigree. Furthermore, the engine was rebuilt about 2,000 kilometres ago and remains ready for trouble-free driving.

Whilst often overlooked for the more desirable, small-bumper 911s from prior to 1974, the post-’74 911s of the 1970s and 1980s are excellent cars in their own right. Virtually bulletproof if well maintained, they can easily be used as regular drivers and provide the perfect mix of practicality, good looks, and performance. With the added benefit of open air driving, this Targa is a truly exceptional example that has clearly been very well preserved and cared for its entire life. It would be a wonderful acquisition for the enthusiast looking to break into the classic car world with a fun, dependable Porsche.