We originally found this Euro-spec 1978 Porsche 911SC Targa in May 2019 on Craigslist in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania offered for sale by the owner of this car since 1982. Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, the seller has his Targa currently priced $2,000 above the #3 “Good” condition level. Another reference point are these two 1978 Targas that sold on BringATrailer.com in October of 2018 that averaged $29,125.
In 1978, Porsche replaced the 911 2.7 with the 911SC, where the “SC” stands for “Super Carrrera”, the first time Porsche reused that designation since the 356. The updated 911 featured an enlarged 3.0 liter aluminum flat-six engine featuring Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection producing 180 horsepower that transferred it through a 5-speed 915 transmission. While critics at the time complained about the decrease of 20 horsepower versus the previous 911 2.7, this new 911 featured a new aluminum case that increased reliability over previous magnesium-based versions.
The twenty-year owner of this driver-quality Guards Red over tan cloth Targa describes his car as, ” a beautiful example of a clean SC, that being said this will never be a Concours winner. Runs and drives amazing, get in and drive to the beach or to work every day she’s ready for a new home. The exterior photographs provided feature nicely maintained paint with no dents or defects based on the pictures provided. The Fuchs wheels also appear to be in very presentable condition and featured brand new Dunlop tires all around.
The interior of this car is why the seller believes it will never be a concours winner. While the dashboard, door cards, and rear jump seats appear to be in presentable shape, the combination vinyl seats with cloth inserts on the front buckets will need to be reupholstered. The seller does a good job of showing the trouble spots in the pictures below.
Unfortunately, the seller does not provide pictures of the engine or undercarriage, so we recommend a thorough in-person inspection of this example. In particular, be sure to pull back the carpets in the interior, inspect around the windshield for signs of bubbling, and thoroughly inspect the inside of the frunk including opening the “smuggler’s box.” If you don’t know what that is, then we encourage you to have a Porsche specialist perform a pre-purchase inspection (“PPI”) for you. The seller states that his car recently received a “major service” which typically includes the following on these models: clutch adjustment, new rocker cover seals and valve tappet adjustment, new spark plugs, tune-up, oil, and filter change, and hopefully a brake bleed. Hopefully, the seller has the receipts of this and other past services.
If the in-person inspection or PPI doesn’t reveal any major structural flaws or hidden rust, this will be a great driver-quality air-cooled Targa you can enjoy all summer long, and then, if desired, you can address the interior bits over the winter. Good luck with the purchase!