The Porsche 911SC marks a hugely important point in the timeline of the legendary 911. Before this, the 911 was perceived as being a delicate, fragile car for the sympathetic but crucially enthusiastic driver. The SC, however, changed that and ushered in a new standard of durability and build quality. Many would argue that this generation is the one that forms the bedrock on which the 911’s reputation for reliability and every day usability rests. This was the 911 the motoring public wanted, a car with the looks, the power and the prestige of the coveted 911, but with none of the drawbacks.
The classic 911 looks were retained, but underneath there were some crucial chances. The most notable was the engine. The 2.7 flat-six prior this car had reached its development potential. As such, Porsche engineers developed a new 3.0 unit fitted with Bosch K-Tronic fuel injection. Admittedly, with 188bhp in its first outing, it wasn’t outrageously powerful, but it was more than enough to shunt the 911 along. And happily, bringing it back to a stop was easier thanks to the 911’s first use of a brake servo. Add in the well-weighted steering, and it made for an excellent drivers’ car.
Further improvements included a more diverse range of options for buyers to choose from. The body shell was still steel, but now featured a full zinc-coating to help keep the corrosion at bay. And finally, there was an option of a Sportomatic option. Happily though, the car listed here has the hairy-chested five-speed manual transmission!
This particular 911SC was imported from the USA in 2019, and was registered with the DVLA on the 4th of June that year. It’s been with the current owner since. Though sadly it has not seen enough use since and as such this registered, taxed and MOT exempt head-turning 911 is ready to be enjoyed by its next custodian.
In terms of paperwork, the car has a V5. We have also taken the time to decode the VIN of the car and are happy to confirm that everything is in order in terms of the specification of the car.
As you can see from the image, it’s certainly an attractive machine. While there is no documentation to back it up, it’s obvious that the car has been the subject of a restoration at some point. It has certainly had paint, as the yellow hue looks to be recent. And the interior looks to have been re-trimmed at some point.
Internally, the 911 is in good order. As we mentioned, it would seem the seats, complete with matching yellow piping ,have indeed been professionally re-trimmed at some point. The carpets are all present and correct, though they would benefit from some refitting. The underside of the dash, too, seems to be absent a cover and as such some wiring is exposed, though not in the way. The headlining is in good condition (though sadly the sunroof doesn’t function) and the dash is in excellent condition with all gauges and switches in working order. The door cars are also in good order, though they are missing the speaker grilles that cover the aftermarket Sony speakers. The electric windows function as they should. The only real negative internally is the steering wheel, the rubber of which has started to lose its structure after years of being in the California sun.
Externally, the body is free of any major flaws and all the panel gaps are uniform. There is no sagging of the doors (a common problem), though it is worth noting that the check strap on the driver’s door is broken. The paint is free from any major damage, though there is some evidence of runs on areas like the underside of the bumpers. Also, there is some paint chipping on the internal structure of the rear spoiler. There is also some significant blistering of the paint on the driver’s side of the roof, leading back down toward the top of the rear screen, though the paint hasn’t yet broken.
The 911 sits on a set of impressive split-rim alloy wheels which are in excellent order, and all tyres have ample tread.
The underside of the 911 looks to be in excellent order, with no evidence of any serious corrosion or damage. Again, the inside of the engine compartment is free of any obvious issue, as is the luggage compartment up front which retains the original VIN, the recent battery and the space saver spare wheel. There is, however, a mixing vent cover in the foremost floor area.
The car is currently declared SORN, so we were unable to carry out a road test. However, the owner was able to run the car and drive it around a close area of private road and we can happily report that the engine sounds to be in excellent health, there is no smoke, there are no untoward rattles and it starts up with a pleasing keenness. There was also no indication of any slip from the clutch.
The owner informed us that there are some areas that need attention. The handbrake needs repair or replacement, as it doesn’t function. Also, he advised us that the shock absorbers and possibly the front coil springs may need replacement in order to truly get the best out of the car.
The odometer currently reads 184,400 (or 300,000km). You could argue that it’s a lot of miles, however, this 911 comes across as being in excellent health mechanically, which is perhaps testament to the durability of that flat-six engine.
The 911 is the poster-child of the classic sports car world, and sitting here on split-rim wheels, in a bright shade of yellow, with that all-important ‘whale tail’ spoiler, this particular 911 is every bit the car that sets pulses racing. Is it perfect? No, it needs some delicate care and attention, but that shouldn’t put you off. Not least because the work required has been acknowledged and reflected in the low reserve price.
The 911SC was an important model in the 911’s history, the one that showed the world the 911 could be a dependable, reliable but ultimately accessible sports car. This car could, with some very minor work, be a car that would give a new owner years of pleasure. It’s a rust-free, well-appointed California car. And it’s here, now, in the UK. It’s registered and ready to go. The hard work has been done. Now it needs someone to remedy the suspension and handbrake woes, to give it a freshen up and to get it out on the road and enjoy it. There is a significant amount of potential within this car, it’s down to you to decide if you’re the one to explore it?
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