2020 Shannons Winter Timed Online Auction

1979 Porsche 911SC 'Targa' Coupe


Wednesday 26 August 9.23pm AEST*




Engine 3.0 litre six-cylinder
Gearbox Five-speed manual
Body Work Targa
Colour White
Interior Black
Trim Leather
Wheels Fuchs alloys
Brakes Disc/disc


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Porsche’s 911 is an automotive icon, easily the most readily recognisable sports car on the planet and one that is still going strong six decades since the original debuted. Arguably the last of the classic early 911 models that vaguely resembled the original, the SC model was built between 1978 and 1983, and was devoid of the electronic aids that increasingly found their way into Porsche’s finest later in the 1980s and beyond. Mechanically robust, the 911 SC benefited from a Thyssenn zinc-coated galvanised bodyshell that significantly reduced the risk of rust as well much improved build quality. Sold in both coupe and targa form, the 911’s bodywork was updated for the SC model with fixed rear quarter lights, anodized black door handles and window frames, plus headlamp bezels finished in body colour modernising its appearance. For the SC the 3-litre engine had a small drop in power (to 180 bhp) but new camshafts resulted in a flatter torque curve making for a more flexible driving experience, while a new crankshaft and bigger main and big-end bearings improved mechanical longevity. ATS 15-inch alloys remained the standard wheel rim on the SC, with 16-inch forged alloy Fuchs optional, while other mechanical improvements included anti-roll bars front and rear. The braking system was also upgraded with the adoption of a servo as standard and a five-speed 915 gearbox was standardised across the model range, with the Sportomatic semi-automatic transmission once again optional. The interior came in for some revisions too, with electric windows and air conditioning added as standard equipment. Porsche 911s have long been hot property among collectors with interest in the SC gaining strength in recent years. Even so, the model still represents some of the best value to wear the famous Zuffenhausen badge.