It is our pleasure to present this one-of-a-kind 1979 Porsche 911SC Targa finished in Stone Grey (5710). The product of a year-long build process, this 911SC Targa was treated to an extremely high-quality nut and bolt rotisserie restoration by a well-known and reputable Porsche specialist. The bodywork was revised and painstakingly handcrafted to provide an updated streamlined appearance while preserving the distinctive period look. The cabin was masterfully reupholstered in new brown leather along with custom tartan bucket seats, a painted roll bar, and classic square weave carpeting. The suspension and brakes were completely overhauled and upgraded, and a new 3.2L flat-six engine was built using top-of-the-line componentry before it was mated to a rebuilt 5-speed 915 manual gearbox. Since the initial completion of the build, this Targa has continued to be customized, upgraded, and serviced, while also driven cross-country to the air-cooled Porsche gathering Luftgekühlt. A no expense spared custom restoration carried out to the highest of standards, this remarkable 911SC Targa is now being offered for auction by its seller out of New York with just over 4,600 miles traveled since completion.
Beginning with a U.S. market 911SC Targa, this example was stripped to bare metal, placed on a rotisserie, and refinished in Stone Grey, a rare nonmetallic classic Porsche color originally offered on 356 models of the late 1950s. The seller adds that the donor car was found to be in excellent structural condition, therefore no repair of the metalwork was required. A center fuel filler was added to the hood, the rocker panels were deleted along with the windshield washer jets, and all of the window trim was professionally powder coated in silver. As part of the evolution of this particular vehicle's appearance, an original 911 rear decklid was reimagined and custom fabricated with a twin-grille design and handmade anodized grille inserts, harkening back to the early twin-grille Porsche road and race cars. In addition to the unique twin-grille decklid, a custom fabricated metal panel was added between the taillights to further complement the car's classic streamlined styling. The brushed stainless-steel Targa band was refinished and preserved under a layer of clear protection film. The hood and the leading edges of the front fenders are also preserved under paint protection film, detailed images are provided in the photo gallery. The car rides on a set of 17”x8” and 17”x9” Fikse Fuchs-style wheels with anodized outer lips and RSR-style faces.
Inside, you will find a beautifully appointed custom interior with new brown leather upholstery and early-style German square weave carpeting. A color-matched bolt-in roll bar was fitted in the rear and custom RS-style door panels were added along with a suite of custom instrument dials, Rennline pedals, a custom upholstered MOMO Prototipo steering wheel with a leather horn button, and a factory short shifter with a wooden 917-style shift knob. Leather door stop straps were custom made and the removable Targa top was reupholstered in marine-grade brown canvas fabric with an Alcantara inner liner. A pair of GTS Classic bucket seats were installed more recently and feature deviated leather backrests and custom tartan fabric inserts. In the front trunk, you will find a custom Deep Copper anodized Rennline strut brace and blower motor assembly cover as well as a new Porsche 993 spare tire to accommodate the larger brakes. The seller notes that the air-conditioning system has been removed, although the heating system remains fully intact.
An air-cooled 3.0L flat-six engine was sourced from another 911SC and was subsequently rebuilt, blueprinted, and upgraded to a 3.2L displacement with Mahle cylinders and JE pistons. Ported heads were installed along with custom profile cams, an Aasco valvetrain, a polished and balanced crankshaft, WEVO mounts, and a full Elephant Racing oil cooler system with high-clearance oil lines. It also features an accelerator cable conversion, SSI heat exchangers, an M&K GT3-style center muffler, and a custom coil-on-plug ignition. All of the wiring in the engine bay has been carefully tucked away for a clean appearance. The Rasant fuel injection system is based on an AEM Infinity ECU and operates in conjunction with PMO individual throttle bodies. The engine was dyno-tuned and tested by Dawe Motorsports, and the seller claims an output of over 300 HP.
The rear wheels are driven by way of a rebuilt 5-speed 915 manual gearbox with a lightweight Sachs clutch kit and WEVO shifter coupling. The suspension was completely rebuilt with replated hardware and upgraded Bilstein dampers, Turbo torsion bars, Turbo tie rods, an adjustable Elephant Racing RSR rear sway bar, and Rennline front upper monoball strut mounts. The chassis was also reinforced to accommodate the through-body Elephant Racing front sway bar. The brakes have been rebuilt and upgraded with custom Stone Grey powder coated Porsche 986 Boxster calipers, Zimmerman rotors, steel braided lines, and a 930 Turbo master cylinder. Standard valve adjustments and oil changes have been carried out and the car was recently sent to Dawe Motorsports for a complete re-tune of the engine management system.
This sale will include screen filters for the individual throttle bodies, rain hat K&N air filter assemblies, a key set, and a clean title. A beautifully executed one-off build that is ready to be shown, driven, and enjoyed, this exceptional 911SC Targa restoration is an air-cooled Porsche enthusiast's dream come true.