1981 Porsche 911SC Targa Modified

Originally a California car, this 1981 Porsche 911SC Targa underwent a restoration and modification process from 2010 to 2013 in a few phases, completed by the Porsche specialists at Formula Motorsports of Long Island City, New York. Details included a repaint in its original color of Grand Prix White, a reupholstered custom interior with Sport Seats and RS-style door panels, an upgraded air conditioning system, a rebuild and reseal of the 3.0L flat-six engine with new PMO carburetors, an upgraded oil cooler, and a free-flowing exhaust system, new high tension torsion bars and Bilstein dampers for the suspension, as well as a regearing of the 5-speed manual transaxle and the fitment of a limited-slip differential.  The most recent work performed includes an engine-out service  to repair the gearbox, replacement of the starter, spark plugs, one tire and battery. Additionally, a valve adjustment was performed along with the cleaning out of the carburetors, repair of the fan housing, a rebuild of the odometer and charging of the air conditioning system. The seller has traveled 18k miles since completion of the restoration and the car is now showing approximately 121k miles on the odometer. This 911SC Targa is now being offered for auction at no reserve by the seller based out of New York, accompanied by a binder full of records and receipts detailing the components of the build, which reportedly had a total cost of over $183k.

The exterior was repainted in the original finish of Grand Prix White (908) close to the beginning of the restoration in early 2011. During this period, chrome headlight bezels were fitted, the Targa badges were painted silver, and the factory 16” Fuchs wheels were refinished in chrome with matching white accents, which are mounted with Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 tires displaying date codes from 2018. The seller reports the front bumper and leading edge of the hood have received the application of paint protection film, and notes some imperfections including some paint chips on the front lower valance near the fog lights, one chip on the hood, a small curb mark on the driver’s side front wheel and a few scuff marks on the door panels and dash lip. Detailed images are provided in the gallery along with a clean CARFAX report.

The cabin has been reupholstered using high-quality black leather with white contrast stitching throughout, which covers the dashboard, center console, RS-style door panels with red fabric pulls, the OEM Sonderwusch Porsche Turbo Sport Seats, and rear seats. Details include a three-spoke MOMO steering wheel with a Porsche horn button, metal gauge bezel rings, custom 911SC carpeting with white emblems and white piping, a fire extinguisher mounted to the rear floor, aluminum floorboards, an aluminum pedal kit, and an aluminum shift knob. An Alpine stereo head unit has been installed, along with upgraded Focal speakers and a subwoofer mounted beneath the driver’s seat, and a hardwired connection for a radar detector was installed around the windshield. The Targa top mechanism was also completely rebuilt, and new seals were installed. The seller also notes the dashboard was rewired, and extra soundproofing was added throughout the interior.

This 911SC is powered by the original air-cooled 3.0L flat-six, which has been rebuilt and fitted with PMO carburetors, an upgraded oil cooler, and an aftermarket free-flow exhaust system. The seller notes that most of the car’s components and mechanical parts were replaced by Porsche OEM. The rear wheels are driven by a 5-speed manual gearbox with a short-shift kit. The transmission was also rebuilt with shorter gears and a limited-slip differential. The suspension has received stiffer torsion bars and Bilstein shock absorbers. Recent services totaling $14k include an engine-out to repair the transmission fork, cleaning and adjustment of the carburetors, refurbishing of the fan housing, rebuilding of the odometer, and charging of the A/C system. Also the starter, spark plugs, driver-side front tire and battery were recently replaced.

This sale will include a clean title and will be accompanied by a binder full of service records and receipts detailing the restoration and regular maintenance.

  
 

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  • Auction End: 2022-10-02 15:09:02+00:00
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  • Craysparks 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $48,000

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Craysparks These are the stock gears top speeds from a site called automobile-catalog:
    (mph)
    I: 37
    II: 63
    II: 92
    IV: 116
    V: 141

    and these are a rough idea of top speed of my gear (don't hold me to it)
    (mph)
    I: 29
    II: 50
    II: 75
    IV: 95
    V: 125

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Craysparks thank you again for your follow up questions... 1). I try not to take the car in the rain if I can help it. But, there were a number of times where I got caught in a thunderstorm. And I never noticed a leak since we rebuilt the top, etc. The car interior does not smell musty at all... 2). In the last 4 services, we pretty much addressed all of the mechanical issues. I would saw from time to time the subwoofer does not turn on. And even though the AC was recently charged, it does not blow super cold. But I don't think there is anything wrong with the unit per se... 3). So with regard an the oil leak, if the car sits for a while (in my garage) it does drip a bit, but it's small.

  • Craysparks (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Window and targa top gaskets are pretty worn. Any water leak issues through the window edges or top?
    Also, what items on the car don’t operate properly?
    How much does the engine leak, and how often is additional oil needed? I see evidence of some oil leaks on the bottom side.

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Craysparks With regard to your V1 comment, I am including the actual radar detector as part of the sale as a "good luck charm". I have never got a speeding ticket in the car. haha!

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Craysparks very very cool! I have yet to see one of those around town.

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Craysparks thank you for your follow up questions... So in the relatively rare occasion that I have taken the car into Manhattan, it is very happy in 2nd gear and I rarely need to take it to 3rd. In 5th gear at about 85mph the tach is at roughly 4200 to 4500. A number of times I have take the car to 120mph (as measured by my smart phone) on the highway and it still has a bit more juice left. From the factory, the top speed is 140. So with this set up you are giving up 10 to 15 mph of top end for the added benefit of improved torque and acceleration. The trade off is well worth it.

  • Craysparks (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    My Vintage Spyder has a longer 3rd gear, so that’s where that 2.2L is happiest around town.

  • Craysparks (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    I like the V1 hidden wiring. I do that on all my Pcars. Without the gearing ratios known, where does the car redline or top out in the gears? Trying to get a feel for which gear you end up with driving around town. My 993 was 3rd gear for most commuter type driving. And can it handle an 85mph speed zone without redlining in 5th?

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Craysparks Hi there, thank you for your complements about the appearance! To answer your question on the actual gear ratios themselves, I called Formula and we would not find the exact numbers, since it was done so many years ago. But the principal behind short gears is to increase torque and improve acceleration. The drawback is a lower top-speed and more shifting. So actually, it is more annoying in the city and set up better for highway and backroad driving. In fact, 5th gear feels very very lively... With regard to the 85mph speedometer, I have been asked by perhaps 100 people over the years why I kept it. Actually it is one of my favorite quicks about the car! It puts the car in it's historical context, when the government was foolishly trying to get people to slow down. haha! Anyway, i use my smartphone to measure actually driving speed. These analog instruments you will find are not very accurate.

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @ebracing331 hi there, first of all thank you for the complement about the appearance. And thank you for your question about the extent of the engine rebuild. So from my understanding the case was split open, parts were replaced as needed with Porsche OEM and obviously studs replaced, etc. The engine block itself is essentially refreshed stock. And then once we installed the PMO carbs, some adjustments were made. To be sure, since the engine and transmission rebuild, i have driven the car about 18k miles... In retrospect, I regret not converting to dual plugs, increasing the displacement or adding mechanical injection when it was inexpensive. At the time, I wanted to keep the car original in concept. And now, i will let the next owner make that decision... If you need more info than what I provided, please let me know.

  • Craysparks (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    What’s the shorter gear ratios? Looks like the car has been re-geared for city driving, lots of shifting, and not so much highway use. The 85mph replacement speedo also is an indicator to me of a car meant for more stop and go use. Great looking interior and exterior though.

  • ebracing331 (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Beautiful car, appreciate if you could provide some more detail on the extent of the engine rebuild please

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    And adding to my last comment... Those numbers do not include the cost of the original vehicle, which have skyrocketed in the last decade. If one were crazy (as I was) to attempt a full restoration today, the total cost would easily be 50% more than what I experienced, and that is if you can find the Porsche OEM parts!

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Since we live in a data-driven world, I thought that would share some stats... The total cost of the restoration (including the various mods) was about $152k and maintenance about $32k, for a grand total of $184k (which does not include sales tax). So, over roughly 10 years and 18k miles, the maintenance comes out to about $3k per year or $1.82 per mile... I hope that helps!

  • BarryLe 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $45,000

  • live2drive_porsche 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $40,000

  • BarryLe 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $15,000

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @BarryLe All I can saw is wow to your collection and dedication to Porsche! I would love to see a pic of your garage. And I would be MORE than honored for this car to be part of that collection... As far as "insulting me", this auction at the end of the day is a business transaction. You do what you need to do. Other bidders will come in and most of the action seems to occur on this site in the last 12 hours of the auction. I have been in finance for over 20 years, so I have very thick skin. haha!

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @BarryLe Before I answer your latest question, let me address the point that you brought up about the SC vs the late 80s Carrera. Yes, stock from the factory the SC was noticeably slower. And, I believe that was mainly because of the CIS fuel delivery system (and obviously the small displacement). Since you do not have to worry emissions anymore, once you install the carbs and a free flow exhaust, the engine totally wakes up. Also the SC is inherently lighter... I have been in modified Carreras and stock 964s and this car feels quicker (acceleration-wise), though the gearing is different of course.

  • BarryLe (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    TargaLoverSC: Thank you for your response. I have been a Porsche fanatic for more than 60 years. My first was a 1956 356 SC Cab that I bought when I graduated high school. That car took me through college and medical school and I still own it. I own 13 911's and I am interested in adding yours to my collection. However, I have never owned a modified 911. I don't know where to start the bidding given your extreme investment in this car. I don't want to insult you.

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @BarryLe Thank you for your kind words about the car! You bring up an interesting point about value of modified cars at auction... When I started this build, I did not consider return on investment. In fact, had I just left the original car unmodified in the garage for 12 years, I would have multiplied my investment by 4X. haha! I have enjoyed this build for 18k miles and those moments of joy cannot be replaced.

  • BarryLe (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    TargaLoverSC: Thank you for your quick response. I remember when I had a new SC Targa, I wished it had more power. When the Targa became a "Carrera" in 1984, I bought one and it had more horsepower and it seemed like a rocket in comparison with the SC. For some reason, even the most beautiful modified 911's do not seem to do well at auction. You have built a truly special 911 but I am not optimistic that you will see a return of the $183,000.00 that you invested in your Targa.

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @BarryLe Hi BarryLe, I am so glad you asked that question!... Just last week, I had the car on a dyno at CLM Motorsports in Woodbridge, NJ. They use Dynojet. I just posted a pic with the results. The horsepower rating to the wheels came in at 197. According to a former Porsche engineer, race car driver and mechanic of over 50 years, that result corresponds to about 246 bhp at the crank (@ 20% loss)... To be sure, my engine itself is essentially stock and originally rated at 180 bhp. So a decent bump without any major modifications!

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Additional content has been added to the gallery for this listing.

  • BarryLe (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    TargaLoverSC: Have you had the rebuilt engine on a dyno? I would like to know how much horsepower you are running after the engine rebuild in its new configuration.

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 2 months, 1 weekago

    @fish2556 A/C has now been charged and I confirmed that it functions.

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 2 months, 2 weeksago

    @fish2556 Yes, it does. I replaced the stock unit with an upgraded, aftermarket one. That said, the AC probably needs a charge because I have not used it in a while.

  • fish2556 (registered bidder) 2 months, 2 weeksago

    Does the A/C work?

  • TargaLoverSC (seller) 4 months, 1 weekago

    Hello to all enthusiasts:
    Welcome to a vision of what the early 80s 911s should have been! This car was designed to retain as much of the original vintage look while providing the raw driving experience that Porsche truly intended... Happy to answer any questions.

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1981 Porsche 911SC Targa Modified
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