21k-Mile 1981 Porsche 911SC Targa Garage-Find

Up for auction is this low mileage 1981 Porsche 911SC Targa finished in the traditional combination Guards Red over a black interior.  Accompanied by records dating back to the original purchase, this Targa is said to have been placed in garage storage during the early 2000s where it remained before the current owner’s recent purchase.  The car shows just over 21k miles on the odometer and has been preserved in highly original condition.  Described to be structurally sound and only in need of mechanical refurbishment, this low-mileage 1981 example presents a fantastic restoration opportunity.  Sporting iconic Targa styling, factory Fuchs wheels, and classic front and rear spoilers, this well-preserved 911SC survivor is now being offered for auction as-is by its seller out of Texas.

The Guards Red finish is said to be almost entirely original with the exception of the driver’s side door.  Some cosmetic imperfections are present throughout the car as depicted in the photo gallery.  Exterior features include a distinctive Targa bar, wraparound glass rear window, front and rear spoilers, fog lights, and factory Fuchs wheels.  The tires are older and are in need of replacement.

Inside, the black interior is shown to have been very well kept and representative of the car’s low mileage.  The original Blaupunkt radio remains in place.

 

This 911SC carries an air-cooled 3.0L flat-six engine paired with a 5-speed 915 manual gearbox.  The engine is reported to turn over without issue and the brake pads have been removed to allow the car to roll freely, although the handbrake is still fully functional.  A full mechanical overhaul is recommended by the seller including refurbishment of the fuel system and brakes.  Service records are included dating from new up until the early 2000s when the car was placed in storage.

This sale will include original owners’ manuals, a stamped warranty book, service records, and a clean title.  The ideal basis for a garage-find reawakening project, this 911SC Targa is just waiting for a new caretaker to bring it back to excellent mechanical orderr.

Auction Results

  • Sold for: $40,025
  • Auction End: April 20, 2021, 3:34 p.m.
  • Number of Bids: 31
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Comments (64)

  • RAL 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Sold for $40,025

  • sug08549 (seller) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Congrats RAL, worthwhile project at a bargain price! We'll be in touch shortly

  • RAL (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    NickW21, Look for the red streak zooming by...

  • NickW21 (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Congrats RAL. I expect to see restoration pics someday! ;)

  • RAL (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    5K more than where I wanted to be, but still well bought. You’re welcome sug08549.

  • RAL (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    @pursuit96 Thank you

  • pursuit96 (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    RAL, it's yours, good luck!

  • RAL 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $40,025

  • NickW21 (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Pursuit with the last second bids! ?

  • pursuit96 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $39,750

  • sug08549 (seller) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Try to find another 21k mile 911SC! Retail is $70-$80k once done. Value here

  • countryclubfl (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    @RAL thats a hell of a car. congrats

  • RAL 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $39,250

  • RAL (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    @pursuit96, just got you a 60K project

  • pursuit96 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $38,750

  • RAL (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    I need a project

  • sug08549 (seller) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Car is going to sell! Don't miss it

  • NickW21 (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    RAL won’t give up! Take her home RAL!

  • RAL 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $38,457

  • pursuit96 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $37,950

  • gpackdentist 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $37,250

  • NickW21 (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Gonna be one helluva project for some lucky sob ?

  • RAL 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $36,425

  • gpackdentist 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $35,911

  • RAL 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $34,425

  • bluemonkey 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $31,911

  • pursuit96 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $31,100

  • nfrancisquelo 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $30,200

  • sug08549 (seller) 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    @RAL and @superfly , I just uploaded closeups of the damaged paint areas with a quarter coin next to it

  • PCARMARKET 3 weeks, 4 daysago

    Additional content has been added to the listing gallery.

  • superfly (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    @RAL I would have been in this fight if the seller would provide the requested close up photos about the paint condition, but without it, I’m out.

  • RAL (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    I guess the request for close up photos are not going to get done. It would be good to see how deteriorated the metal is in those areas. On a side note, it’s good to know that the doors will secure your family jewels...

  • Lenashland 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $29,911

  • Jack1954 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $16,500

  • sug08549 (seller) 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    Hi all, down to the final hours! I have uploaded additional pics. The front trunk under the spare wheel has no rust, as noted in the auction as well. The dark spots is just grime that wipes right off. Comes out very clean. Again, the car is as-found, the next owner will have the chance to go over all the mechanicals to get it roadworthy again. All in all, this car is a rare opportunity to revive a true 21k-mile 911SC with full documentation. They're only original once. It doesn't matter how much you spend on restored car, you'll never be able to imitate the original look of a low mileage interior. Not to mention those near perfect seats! The fit and finish can not be replicated. The doors shut like a vault. Factory gapping is perfect. There's a lot of characteristics of a low mileage car you just can not replicate, no matter how deep your pockets can be. Good luck everyone! Hoping it goes to a passionate new home where the car will enjoy a second life!

  • rreasen 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $14,750

  • superfly (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    @PCARMARKET thanks for the photos of the trunk, but none of the requested close up photos of all of the areas of paint damage?

  • PMason (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    How drivable is this Targa in its current condition? Thank you.

  • mattkeller79 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $14,500

  • PCARMARKET 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    @superfly Additional content has been added to the listing gallery.

  • Borz67 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $12,000

  • tomneedles 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $10,500

  • rameer786 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $10,250

  • dschmitt 3 weeks, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $10,000

  • tomneedles 3 weeks, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $7,000

  • Rmmotorwerks 3 weeks, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $6,500

  • rameer786 3 weeks, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $6,000

  • LongwoodCharger (registered bidder) 3 weeks, 6 daysago

    Buy it and drive it down to the ground, then spend 6-figures to make it perfect with new engine rebuilt/paint. Interior needs little to no work.

  • Stryker14 3 weeks, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $5,000

  • Pcajiri 3 weeks, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $4,000

  • BBong6454 4 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $2,750

  • superfly (registered bidder) 4 weeksago

    Could you provide photos of the trunk with the spare tire and battery removed? Could you also take close up shots of each area with peeling or missing paint and/or rust? I see a number of areas with paint damage that don’t have a close up shot. Thanks.

  • Rmmotorwerks 4 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $2,500

  • sug08549 (seller) 4 weeks, 1 dayago

    Message me to arrange a PPI. Remember any PPI must be done prior to auction end. It is indeed matching numbers. Actually what you see is mostly grime in the front trunk. Again, I have not detailed it, it is as-found. Most of that can and will wash off. There is no structural rust on the car. Dry-ice blasting/Cryodetail would do this car wonders. And lastly this is undoubtedly a genuine 21k mile car. Speedo never replaced. Additionally I have records from new to back this. The condition speaks for itself!

  • rreasen (registered bidder) 4 weeks, 1 dayago

    Rust at 21K miles? Did this sit outside?

  • rreasen (registered bidder) 4 weeks, 1 dayago

    LOTS of questions on this one.

    This must be a TMU or speedo replaced. Please confirm.

  • NickW21 (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    Definitely an east coast car :). Could be a pretty big project. Are you open to having a PPI done on the car? Doesn’t look like you have a ton of service records. Can you confirm it has matching numbers? Sure doesn’t look like anything has been done to the car, but would be good to confirm. Any more pics of the exhaust/undercarriage? I see some rust on the hood, could mean there’s more hidden around. Any other notable areas of rust that may not be entirely visible from the pics?

  • msobilo (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    I just had to. What a great looking car. Always wanted an original 911.

  • msobilo 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $2,250

  • Dbahnick 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $2,000

  • TJ 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $911

  • sug08549 (seller) 1 monthago

    Hi all, welcome to my listing! This is a real deal 21k mile 911SC. It is virtually as-found. To respond to jbauto, the brake calipers are not seized. They were sticky and when pushing it is easier to pull the pads out so it can roll freely, which is what I did. All I did to the car was put a new fuel pump and filter and see if it would fire up. It started briefly but I stopped there because I knew all the usual things- Fuel distributor, old fuel, warm up regulator, fuel lines, injectors, etc etc need to be properly gone through before it is running. I didn't want to take shortcuts so I left it there for someone who wants to properly go through the revitalization/reawakening process. Being a low mileage example, it certainly has big potential and would be fun doing so!

  • 901navigator (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    The cap and plug wires appear brand new. Looks like someone may have tried to fire it up? Any info from the P.O. about whether it "ran when parked"? No pun intended.

  • jbauto 1 monthago

    So, all the calipers are seized? Looks like a Coastal car. Maybe was driven in winter also. Everything zinc and aluminum is corroded. Yep, it sure is a project. Worth a shot for the right money. GL

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21k-Mile 1981 Porsche 911SC Targa Garage-Find
Final bid: $40,025 This auction has ended.