NICE 911SC, UPDATED 3.2 LITER MOTOR, VERY NICE PAINT, LOTS OF PAPERWORK
Now THIS is an icon. The wide-body Porsche 911 Targa, dressed in its best bright white livery. While its peers have grown into expensive jokes (I'm looking at you, Ferrari Testarossa), this 1980 911 SC is still the darling of collectors around the world. With a vast list of upgrades and detailed maintenance receipts, this is a very usable piece of performance hardware.
The bright white paint job is the right choice on the Turbo-like fat fenders. Red is cliché and black is kind of boring, but dazzling white makes this car look like an adult. The whale-tail spoiler and fenders were added back in 1993, just one step in this car's long evolution from garden-variety to amazing. The paint is worthy of the Porsche name, shining well and highlighting the tight gaps and trim fit and finish for which the Stuttgart craftsmen are rightly famous. Euro-style headlights, body-colored bumpers, and all the black trim polish the 911's look to exact what most enthusiasts already picture in their heads. The big wrap-around rear window and lift-off roof panel were unique to the Targa, and if you're looking for open-air fun without hurting the 911's rock-solid body structure, this is the way to do it. It also wears a set of European taillights with amber turn signals and has been neatly stripped of any extraneous badging aside from the "Targa" script on the B-pillar.
The wild interior is actually familiar territory for Porsche fans, as outrageous patterns have long been a staple of 911 production. The supportive buckets have also been augmented with Porsche crests in the headrests, just in case you didn't recognize the car itself, but everything else is the same as it has been for generations. The fat steering wheel frames a set of very legible instruments with white lettering and bright red pointers, a big tach front and center. Door panels and carpets were replaced in the not-too-distant past, and the steering wheel itself was re-covered. A modern Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo fits neatly in the original Blaupunkt's location and yes, that's factory A/C under the dash and it still works. There's technically a back seat, but it really is reserved for very small children or your briefcase, but the trunk is usefully shaped even with the aftermarket strut tower brace, which does indeed firm up the handling.
The original 3.0-liter six gave up the ghost decades ago and was promptly replaced by a much-improved 3.2 liter unit out of a 1984 911. Once it was in place, it was treated to a bunch of new parts and has been religiously serviced and maintained ever since. While the car never had a comprehensive restoration, it has obviously always received what it needed to stay in top shape, and as a result it runs superbly and still delivers the kind of thrills you'd expect. A few performance tweaks certainly help, and it now wears big Turbo-spec brake calipers and rotors, giving it some of the best binders we've ever experienced. The underside is remarkably clean thanks to a lifetime in a dry place and it certainly looks amazing sitting on those color-matched 3-piece alloys with 215/45/17 front and 265/45/17 rear Continental performance radials.
The repairs and upgrades on this Porsche total nearly $40,000, and given the upward trajectory of 911 prices these days, this wide body can only be considered a performance bargain. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Air Conditioning
- CD Player
- Cloth Interior
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Power Locks
- Power Windows
- Rear Defogger
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Targa Top
- Interior Color
- Black Houndstooth
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