Bright Trim: 1978 Porsche 911SC 3.0 Targa – SOLD!

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

We’ve always been drawn to the unique lines of the targa version of Porsche’s 911 and of all the versions, we still prefer SC 3.0 such as this Guards Red over tan leather example just listed in Monroe Township, New Jersey with a recently rebuilt engine and an asking price of $34,000.  A review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Targa priced $3,000 above the current #3 “Good” estimate of $31,000.  Air cooled prices have stabilized over the past year, as people realize there are plenty of well maintained examples to choose from at any given time. 

For 1978, Porsche replaced the 911 2.7 with the 911SC, where the “SC” stands for “Super Carrera”, 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.  While the standard Targa came equipped with body-color headlight trim and a black anodized roll hoop, buyers could still ad the optional bright package for a ‘backdated” chrome look.  This included chrome headlamp rings (“Sugar Scoops”) and a brushed aluminum roll hoop.

The owner of this Targa dating back to 2016 provides a detailed description below and reports this car featured a full engine tear down and rebuild started in late 2018.  The walk-around video he provides below shows just how nice this example is with the only flaw being worn front seats that can be attended to next winter.  As long as your in-person and Pre-purchase inspection confirms what the video below shows, you’ll be buying what appears to be a well-sorted version of a classic air-cooled 911 Porsche Targa.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s detailed and honest description:

“1978 Porsche 911SC Targa (Rebuilt Motor and a lot of new parts) Rare Chrome Package and Brushed Aluminum Targa Bar
119,000 miles , Asking: $34,000
Contact: Lou (six zero nine) 306-4909


I purchased this car in June of 2016 and since I’ve owned it the following things have been done:

Lowered Suspension
Turbo Tie Rods and Bump Steer Kit

New Shift Linkage Bushing Kit
Rebuilt Pedal Cluster with Bronze Bushings
New Clutch Cable, Horseshoe Spring, Return Spring and Seals.
New Clutch Kit – includes new pressure plate and clutch (done during engine rebuild)
Flushed Transmission Fluid

Tires Replaced on 4/12/2018
Continental Extreme Contact Sports
Front: 205/55/16 on 7×16 inch Fuchs
Rear: 225/50/16 on 8×16 inch Euromeister
Wheel Spacers on rear

Engine Rebuild:

Engine was removed on 10/21/2018 at 117866 miles due to a broken head stud and this project was completed in July 2019. I have every piece of documentation and pictures to show what was done. Case was split and crankshaft removed. CIS was gone through.

This is the short list (I can send the complete list):

Cylinder heads were checked and reconditioned by Anchor Atlantic Enterprises in Pitman NJ

Since the original engine had KS: Alusil Pistons and Cylinders, a used set of Mahle Pistons (9:3:1) and Cylinders were purchased and reconditioned by Body Motion in Ocean Township NJ.

Doughtery Racing Cams: Regrinded the Cams to a 964 Profile and refurbished the rocker arms.

All the Engine Tins, Valve Covers, and Fan Housing were powder coated.

A/C Unit was removed in order to backdate the heat. The heater flapper boxes were rebuilt and powder coated.

After Rebuild:

New Engine Sound Pad
New Valeo Alternator 10/28/19
Bursh Cat Bypass Pipe
Clewett Ignition Wires, MSD Ignition Coil, NGK Spark Plugs, Distributor Cap, Rotor 12/2/19
Rebuilt Warm Up Regulator by Tony Donato
Rebuilt Auxilary Air Regulator
Clean and Lubricated Distributor
New Napa Legend Premium AGM Battery

Recent Oil Change Fuel Filter and Valve Adjustment at 118700 miles.

The car runs great, pulls strong, and handles well. I do have the original steering wheel, manual, air pump, and tools. I also have documentation neatly organized from the 80s till present and a Certificate of Authenticity Provided by Porsche. The engine and Transmission are original to the car.

There are a few things that need to be addressed:


The paint is not perfect. It looks good from 10 feet away. It does have some chips and small dents. Its single stage paint so there are imperfections seen in it. I did have the front bumper and lower valance resprayed since I removed the fog lights and that looks great.


The two front seats could be reconditioned. They don’t look bad, but they are not perfect. The passenger one has a three inch tear along the seam The dash is great and rear seats look great too.

Any questions or if you need more pics please reach out. The car is located in South Jersey, 20 minutes from Philadelphia. I do have a clear title hand.

Do you have a Porsche 911SC Targa story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!


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