Friday, October 9, 2009

1983 Porsche 911SC

"Every car enthusiast deserves to count at least one Porsche 911 among his or her motoring memories" - That line came from the December 1992 issue of Road & Track. I agree.

Maybe the best and most inexpensive way to have that memory is the Porsche 911SC. The 911SC was built from 1978 through 1983. Minor changes were made along the way, but one thing remained the same - This is probably the most durable 911 ever built.

Take a look at some of the Porsche forums and ads for these cars. It's not uncommon to see them with well over 200,000 miles on them. Many, many of these high mileage cars have never had their engines apart.

There just isn't a lot that goes wrong with the 911SC. On pre-1980 cars there were some problems with the timing chain tensioners. The design was improved in 1980, but many owners have modified their SCs with the tensioner set-up from the 1984 Carrera and that solves the problem completely. The 911SC transmissions have been known to have weak 2nd and 3rd gear synchros, but, like any car, how well the synchros hold up depends on how you drive the car. That's about it. This is a 26+ year old car that is damn near bulletproof.

Best of all, these cars are not that expensive. This car has just 93,000 miles on it and looks to be in very, very nice condition. The asking price is just $12,999.00. There aren't a whole lot of cars with the performance, classic looks and pedigree of a Porsche available for that kind of money.

The big downside to owning a Porsche is the price of parts. Even though these cars are extremely durable, you will have to replace things like brakes, exhaust, etc., at some point. The price of Porsche parts rivals the price of parts for the famous Italian exotic brands. Keep that in mind.

I almost didn't feature this car because of the color. At first glance, gold just seems like the wrong color for a 911. But the more I looked at it, the more it grew on me. I looked at some other 911s in red, black and white (the most common colors) and realized that gold gave the car a more subtle look. It's hard to call a Porsche subtle, but compare a few and maybe you'll see what I mean. (Or, maybe it's just all in my mind...) The tan interior with the black dash and accents looks spectacular .

This car is located in Shorline, WA and is being offered by a company called European Motors. Click here to see their ad.

"Simon's Porsche 911SC Site" is a good enthusiast 911SC website. You can find it here.

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