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Memorable 1983 Porsche 911 SC


It’s funny how some cars stick in your mind and no matter how many you’ve had or how many miles you’ve driven them, you just can’t seem to escape them.

Take for instance the Porsche 911. I have owned 24 of them over the years, and the last time I owned one, I said it would be the last one. I sold it six years ago, and all was good.

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The SC models were among the best-built 911s

But this past week, I spent a lot of time behind the wheels of numerous 911s, and so now I actually plan on selling my rare 1996 BMW Z3 007 Edition roadster in order to do so.

The Pick of the Day, a 1983 911 SC Coupe, would tempt me if it were a sunroof-delate model.

Of all the various 911 cars I have owned, the valuable 1973 RS was not the favorite but instead the 911 SC of the late 1970s and early 1980s, of which I have owned two at various times. These are possibly the best-built 911s and typify what makes this Porsche model an iconic and superlative sports car.

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The Porsche still wears its correct Fuchs wheels

The amazing thing about the 911 SC is that it is still quite affordable, especially when compared with the early “long-hood” cars.

This car has nice original Guards Red paint and black leather interior, according to the Lithia Springs, Georgia, dealer advertising the Porsche on ClassicCars.com. The total mileage is 182,115 miles, which means that it is either getting tired or it has had a top end at some point, although there is no mention in the ad of any engine work.

A cylinder leakdown test along with a thorough pre-purchase inspection by a Porsche specialist would be advised with this high-mileage car.  Happily, the pictures show that this car has its owner’s manual and service-record book along with a load of service records, so there is a lot of documentation.  That’s a good thing with any classic car purchase, but especially that of a Porsche 911.

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The original leather interior looks decent

Somehow the dash in this car is not cracked, something for which 911s are notorious, although it looks like the stitching has let go in a few places on the seats. If it were me, I would have the seat repaired rather than recovered because Porsche leather of this era is so much better than the leather now on the market.

The seller states that the car runs and drives exceptionally well with both the gearbox and engine functioning as they should. The ad also mentions that the car has had its AC upgraded to R134.

The car rides on its 16-inch Fuchs alloys with black centers and polished rims. The Fuchs are the only correct wheel for an SC, completing the iconic look of these cars. These being 16 inchers is an added bonus.

While many Porsche 911 models have soared in value, the market has not quite caught up with the 911 SC.  Buying one this honest looking for the asking price of $29,995 would be money well-spent.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


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