Owned Since ’84: 1980 Porsche 911SC – SOLD!
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December 30, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
December 12, 2022 Update – The seller lowered their asking price from the original request of $39,000 to $35,000. These days, that’s almost an unbelievable bargain for what is presented as a survivor-quality, well-maintained air-cooled Porsche 911SC.
Do we even need to introduce the classic air-cooled Porsche 911 as a proper sports car and collectible anymore? It seems the world has shrugged its shoulders and decided that the 911 is the epitome of a sports car, and we should all aspire to own one someday. I am increasingly accepting this as reality, especially as more brands abandon support of their classic models. This 1984 Porsche 911 SC is extra tempting for being a longtime family-owned example, residing in one owner’s care since 1984. Originally listed in November 2022 on Craigslist, this 911 reportedly came with all records from new, in Queens, New York, for a very reasonable reduced price of $35,000 (the original ask was $39,000). Comparing that price against the Classic.com model guide shows that the seller is asking well under the average sale price for an SC, which is currently clocking in at $53,492:
The 911SC has historically been the air-cooled car to buy if you’ve been priced out of the long-hood market (and obviously, anything Carrera-era and later has gone to the moon and isn’t coming back). The SC doesn’t have any big strikes against it aside from hailing from an era wherein almost every marque was set back by the combination of emissions and fuel shortage forces that gave birth to the so-called malaise era. The SC, however, was still a very capable sports car, as Porsche is one of those brands that has done a masterful job at protecting its identity and pedigree, even when other automakers put performance models on the back burner. The SC, however, can’t remain a bargain for long, as every model era – even the once undesirable 964 – has continued to rise in value, even in the face of shifting global economies. It’s the proverbial gold standard at this point.
The Hagerty YouTube Channel features this Porsche 911 Buyer’s Guide:
That’s why the seller’s asking price is so refreshing, especially for a car that looks decent from the limited photos we’re provided. Wearing black paint that has been resprayed once and lowered on pretty Fuchs wheels (well, it looks lowered to me; it could be the torsion bars are cranked down), the seller reports that his 911 drives well and is a turnkey car with zero oil leaks. Now, despite being listed on the Queens, NY, craigslist page, this 911 resides in California, which lends strong credibility to the seller’s claim that it is 100 percent rust-free. It’s optioned well, too, with factory-installed air conditioning, power windows, and a power sunroof. A matching-numbers drivetrain showing under 60,000 original miles makes the seller’s asking price seem even more unusual compared to what we typically see for a low-mileage air-cooled Porsche. The seller claims he’s selling it because he has no further use for it, which is a statement you rarely hear associated with an air-cooled 911.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“I’m selling my 1980 Porsche 911 SC coupe. Garage kept very well maintained all service records up to date and running driving 100%
Original certificates from Porsche original tool set never opens
Family-owned since 1984
all original with one
repaint in the late 90s.
matching numbers 3.0 motor with original 58,615 miles.
5 speed manual transmission
She runs an drives amazing with 0 mechanical problems.
no oil leaks.
100% rust free.
Ca car all its life.
Tags are up to date.
Clean title in hand.
Please serious cash buyers only
who are ready to buy.
NO TIME WASTERS.
NO LOW BALLS.
Selling because don’t have any more use for it. Post it in a few different states for serious buyers and collectors“
Bargain air-cooled: Can the classic 911 SC stay the “cheap” 911 for much longer?