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Introduced to the market in 1978, the Porsche 911 SC, SC standing for Super Carrera, was the first time Porsche had used the “SC” denotation since the 356 SC. Porsche had its sights set on the 911 SC being the last of the 911 range, the end result to reduce the 911 range to two models. The 911 SC, being one of these two, took the place of the 911 and the Carrera models.
Designed to broaden the appeal of Porsche beyond the “hard-core” driving elite, the 911 SC outperformed other like for like cars in the market at the time. Porsche had taken the step to replace the 2.7 Litre engine with a revised version of Porsche’s 3.0 Litre engine for the 911 SC. An engine that offered the ability for Porsche to tune further and greater reliability to the end user.
Launched with 180 BHP, it wasn’t until model year 1980 that Porsche began to release the potential of the 3.0 Litre engine. Increasing BHP to 188 and then finally in 1981 to 204 BHP. During this time the Porsche 911 SC sold with such success that Porsche took the decision to continue with the 911.
HISTORY | 1980 Porsche 911 SC – RS Tribute
Delivered new in November 1980, this model year 1981* Porsche 911 SC, is an early final iteration of the 911 SC. Benefitting from the more powerful 3.0 Litre engine delivering 204 BHP, the car was delivered new through Lancaster Garages Ltd in Colchester, Essex with the first owner based in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire.
Some two years later the Porsche 911 SC had changed hands to the second owner moving to Ashtead, Surrey having covered some 8,708 miles in just under 2 years. The second owner held the 911 SC from 1982 until 1986 covering roughly 17,500 miles during his tenure, the car was then sold again in 1986.
The second owner appeared to not hold the car for an extended period of time, with the Porsche 911 SC being under the ownership of Mr. Neville. Mr. Neville appeared to hold ownership for the car until at least 2006 with numerous receipts for work undertaken. Work included general maintenance and servicing as well as general repairs. Mr. Neville covered the majority of the miles in the Porsche 911 SC and around the time of him passing the car on, the mileage showed 101,245 miles supported by various MoT certificates and receipts.
Covering a meagre 3,000 / 4,000 miles between 2006 and 2013 the car was used sparingly. It is believed to be in c.2013 that the 911 SC was backdated to echo that evocative look of the 1970s Porsche 2.7 RS. With extended wings and bonnet fitted in metal and the boot lid and bumpers replaced with lightweight fibreglass by its then Leeds based owner. The Porsche 911 SC RS Tribute was then sold to fund the deposit on a house.
It was in 2015 that the Porsche 911 SC RS Tribute was purchased by the current owner. Who has ensured the Porsche has remained in the best possible mechanical condition regardless of cost. With receipts on file for in excess of £8,000 expenditure, including a full rebuild of the oil cooler, all associated ancillaries, rebuilt calipers and full overhaul of the 5-speed gearbox.
HISTORY | Porsche Carrera RS
Porsche had fond memories of the Carrera Panamericana, a gruelling road race which ran between 1949 and 1954. The race ran on the open roads in Mexico from North to South and then the other way, often regarded as the most dangerous road race in the world.
Although Porsche did not win the race outright, largely due to their smaller and comparatively underpowered cars. Porsche did manage class wins and even managed to take a 3rd and 4th overall. Porsche launched the first Carrera title car, a 1955 356 Carrera and it wasn’t until 1972/73 that the Carrera name was entrusted to another Porsche.
Launched at the 1972 Paris Motor Show, the Carrera RS is regarded by many as one of the greatest if not the greatest 911 of all time. This was Porsche building a homologation special, allowing Porsche to homologate parts needed for racing on a road car to allow them to meet the requirements for racing.
With the need for 500 to be sold, there was no secret that there were concerns over the ability to entice buyers to purchase a car where weight was down at 975kg. The Porsche 2.7 Carrera RS was a fully stripped out race car and could not be driven on the road in the largest car sales market, the United States.
Although Porsche need not have worried as just shortly after the close of the 1972 Paris Motor Show, the Porsche 2.7 Carrera RS was sold out. Porsche went on to produce four variants of the 2.7 RS totalling 1,580 cars.
While values when new were $11,785, it is not uncommon to find examples changing hands around $1,000,000 in today's market.
911 SC – RS Tribute | Exterior: Bodywork & Paint
Finished in a classic Porsche Hellblau Metallic (Ice Blue), displaying some minor paintwork blemishes, this example offers a rare find that boasts those recognisable and desirable features, flared rear quarter panels and an intriguing rear spoiler that became known as the “ducktail", making for a highly sought after yet affordable RS Tribute.
911 SC – RS Tribute | Exterior: Glass & Trim
All pieces of glass, including the windshield, remain in brilliant condition with no cracks or major imperfections. All exterior rubber trim components—door handle gaskets, window seals and headlight rubbers remain fresh.
911 SC – RS Tribute | Exterior: Wheels
Each corner sits on 16” rims complete with Porsche crest centre caps, featuring very few signs of curb rash and discolouration.
911 SC – RS Tribute | Interior
Featuring a full blue leather interior with charming patina and fitted with a Momo steering wheel, cd/radio, electric windows and sunroof all in good working order, offering a classic and comfortable driving environment.
911 SC – RS Tribute | Mechanicals
As a result of careful maintenance and a full rebuild of the oil cooler, all associated ancillaries, rebuilt callipers and a 5-speed gearbox rebuild, this 911 SC fires quickly without hesitation, idles smoothly and pulls generously through each gear.