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1979 Porsche 911 SC

Lot No.: 512

Registration: NMA454T
Chassis Number: 9119302588
Engine Number: Not Specified
CC: 3000
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Sold for (£): 24,750

With an engine based on that of the 930 Turbo, the SC was a real gem with a strong reliable drivetrain. The 2994cc engine produced 180bhp at launch, rising to 188bhp in 1979 and then, just one year later, to 204bhp - only 6hp shy of the output of the legendary 1973 Carrera RS! It used the same strong 5-speed 915-series gearbox as its predecessors but was the first 911 to feature servo-assisted brakes. The SC was offered as a coupé, Targa and, in late 1982 (for the '83 model year), as a cabriolet. 

The 911SC was a very capable car, accelerating from 0-60mph in around six seconds and reaching a top speed of close to 150mph and was offered with several options, including the classic Fuchs alloy wheels. However, as time passed and the 911 evolved further, these models started to be less desirable, resulting in them becoming an accessible route into first time Porsche ownership and were not necessarily looked after properly by their impecunious new owners. Today, with the benefit of hindsight, they are seen as being properly engineered sports cars that drive well with the classic look and feel of an era that is now rightly back in fashion.

This 911 SC has been in dry storage for the last 5 years as part of a large private collection. The bodywork is excellent, presented in its original colour of Oak Metallic Green (265), and whilst not the original paint, it's in very good order throughout with only minor blemishes here and there.  The outer panels are nice and straight with fantastic panel gaps as can be seen in the pictures. 

Underneath the car looks straight and solid and even the wiring is all intact as it should be. The car sits on 7x15” 'Cookie Cutters' all round (not original to the car and would benefit from new tyres) with the correct 03/79 dated space saver under the hood. The interior is very well presented in green, all the carpets are in good order as is the dashboard, and all of the instruments are reported to work as they should (speedometer is in Km/h). The windows are manually operated and there is an electric sunroof.  The seats themselves are in good condition and really do complement the coachwork in a late 70’s sort of way. The headlining is also in good condition although the sun visors are missing. 

Mechanically is where this car would benefit from a little tlc. The suspension and brakes etc. are good but would benefit from a refresh after being in storage.  The engine, whilst running, is not in the best of health, although the fuel injection is reported to work and the engine looks to be complete and original, but a rebuild is on the cards as the vendor informs us it sounds like the “shells are knocking”, probably because its never been apart since leaving Stuttgart.

This car was originally sold in Europe and at some point ended up in the States, before being brought over to the UK around. 5 years ago and stored until July 2016 when it was UK registered.  A great project for the Porsche enthusiast and an ideal entry level example for those wishing to tick the 911 box.