The early 180bhp cars were conceived to comply and run on low octane US fuel, but soon European spec cars began to benefit from uprated versions of the 3-litre engine, with 188bhp for the 1980 model year and finally a definitive 204bhp for 1981. US cars, however, were stuck with 180bhp throughout. The full-fat 204bhp gave the SC a top speed of very nearly 150mph and a 0-60mph dash of 6.8 secs.
At first glance it’s difficult to tell the Carrera 3.0 and the 911 SC apart, but as ever the devil is in the detail. Mechanically the SC took the 930 Turbo derived engine and added a new electronic ignition system, plus improvements to the timing chain tensioners. The SC was also the first normally aspirated 911 to receive servo assisted brakes, plus bigger discs over the Carrera 3.0.
Interior wise, there were subtle improvements in trim and finish, with vinyl, leather, or fabric inserts. 1980 saw the arrival of the infamous Pascha psychedelic trim, surely the ‘Marmite’ of all Porsche interior options and the more subtle herringbone as specified here.
Basic non-sport spec SCs were distinguished by a lack of front and rear wing, plus 15in Fuchs or ‘Cookie cutter’ wheels, but us sporty Brits generally specified the well-known Sport pack, with lowered Bilstein dampers, 16in Fuchs wheels and front and rear wing, plus ‘Sports’ seats.
The SC has long been the ‘gateway’ to the classic air-cooled 911 experience, although sitting in the shadow of the Carrera 3.2, for many years. Now though, it’s very much an option in its own right, with its own very defined character, being lighter and revvier than the 3.2. It’s a 911 that we have a lot of time for at Paul Stephens and it’s rare that an SC isn’t in stock.
A RARE OPPORTUNITY
Which brings neatly to this particular SC and a rare opportunity at that. This is a real time warp 911, with just 64,000-miles on the clock and two owners, from new, you would be hard pushed to find a more original, untouched SC than this example.
Registered on Jan 1, 1983, by Maltin Car Concessionaires, the current owner bought the car at 8500-miles in 1984. In era defining Guards Red, with black interior, it features the above mentioned Sport pack and as you would expect it wears its miles well, when many 911 SCs of this vintage would be ready for a full restoration.
We love a good history file, and this one doesn’t disappoint, with a hand written log of all servicing and maintenance carried out over 38-years of ownership, plus all invoices and glossy sales brochures going back to the original, from new owner.
A 911 SC is not a difficult car to work on, as evidenced here, with the current owner a technical engineer at Ford choosing to service and maintain his pride and joy himself, hence the comprehensive log which shows fastidious attention to oil change intervals, irrespective of mileage covered. As you would expect most work has been routine, save for a big ticket rebuild at 63,000-miles, complete with the later and stronger delivar head studs, therefore pretty much future proofing this SC for any new owner.
Paintwork is largely original and quite remarkable save the usual stone chipping on the front valance which can be painted if preferred. The 16in Fuchs were also unrestored, so we carefully repainted the black centres leaving the original anodised outer rims just as they left the factory. The interior, which can often let down an SC, is also still in excellent original condition.
ON THE ROAD
As you would expect performance is strong, with a full 204bhp to call upon, from an engine that loves to rev and an excellent 915 box. Some malign the 915, but a good one is a great way to change gear. And besides, no one moans about the 915, when driving a 73 RS!
The ride is taught, but in no way harsh, on Sports spec Bilsteins and the steering reads the road with typical 911 feel and feedback. Light and wieldy, it’s perfectly at home on British roads.
It’s only original once, as they say, and while most 911 SCs have by now been at least partially restored, this represents a rare opportunity to buy a time warp original.