Lot 19: Porsche 911 SC
Boosted by its continual dominance of international sportscar racing, Porsche began to target a new breed of buyer in the mid 1970s. As well as introducing its first front-engined designs, the 924 and 928, it set about broadening the 911's appeal. The first major step in this process, the SC, was launched in 1978. Intended to be more reliable, durable and refined than its predecessors, it was built into a fully galvanised bodyshell and re-engineered drivetrain. Using the same type-930 2994cc flat-six engine as its fearsome Turbo sibling (but in normally aspirated form), it benefited from a die-cast aluminium crankcase instead of the troublesome magnesium-alloy version used by the previous generation 2.7-litre cars, and Nikasil-coated cylinder barrels. Developing 180bhp and 195lbft of torque (204bhp / 197lbft from 1981), the reworked unit proved notably tractable thanks to its reprofiled camshafts. Equipped with a revised version of the well-proven type 915 five-speed gearbox containing higher gear ratios, the new model was reputedly capable of 141mph and 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds. With such performance on tap few but the purists quibbled at the introduction of servo assistance for its powerful disc brakes.
This car reportedly has "full service history from new", and all old MOT certificates dating from 1990. Describing the coachwork as "very good", the paintwork as "excellent", the interior as "very good", and the engine and transmission and electrical equipment as "good", the vendor says: "All of the previous owners have cared for the car very well, and a stainless steel exhaust is fitted. There is also a folder full of bills for past repairs and all handbooks and tools are complete. I have had the front tyres replaced and all four wheels refurbished. The radio/CD is new. Good SCs like this are becoming hard to find".
H&H Sales Limited, Stoneleigh Park
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£9350|
|Engine capacity (cc)||2994|
|Engine - cylinders|
|Number of doors||2|