Dentist’s Delight: 1983 Porsche 911SC 46K – STILL $75,000 FIRM

by | Apr 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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April 4, 2024 Update – The seller replaced their latest expired Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  The pictures, description, and already-lowered but firm $75,000 asking price all carry over for this 46K original mile ’83 Porsche 911SC we’ve been tracking since the summer of 2023.

March 3, 2024 Update – The seller replaced their latest expired Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  The pictures, description, and already-lowered asking price all carry over for this 46K original mile ’83 Porsche 911SC we’ve been tracking since the summer of 2023.

February 1, 2024 Update – The seller of this 1983 Porsche 911SC we’ve been tracking the sale of since July replaced their Craigslist ad with a fresh listing. The already reduced asking price of $75,000 remains in place. Billed as a 46K original mile, well maintained survivor, this 911 may be a hint that air cooled 911 prices might be finally be showing some softening.

January 14, 2o24 Update – After months of no sale asking $79,500, the seller reduced their asking price to $75,000 in their latest existing ask.

December 31, 2023, Update – After a brief pause following the expiration of the fifth ad we are aware of, the seller of this 1983 Porsche 911SC posted a fresh Craigslist ad.  The price, description, and pictures all carry over.

November 20, 2023 Update – The seller replaced their fourth expiring Craigslist ad, which we know of, with a fresh listing. The pictures, description, and $79,500 asking price remain the same.

October 19, 2023 Update – The seller posted a replacement listing for their expiring third Craigslist ad. The pictures, description, and $79,500 asking price remain the same.

September 18, 2023 Update – The seller replaced their second listing in three months with a third Craigslist ad. The pictures, description, and $79,500 asking price all remain the same.

August 16, 2023 Update – One month after deleting their original ad, the seller of this low-mileage 1983 Porsche 911SC posted a fresh listing at the same $79,500 asking price.  We wonder whether a deal struck in July fell through, forcing the seller to relist their ride.

July 16, 2023, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we can now call this one “SOLD!”

Young Upwardly Mobile Professionals, better known as “Yuppies,” was a term from the 1980s.  Yuppies at the time tended to gravitate towards German marques such as BMW’s three-series or Porsche’s 944.  However, for many very well-heeled Yuppie Dentists, the 944 was not good enough, and the 928 was still beyond their ample budget. Instead, these buyers tended to gravitate to the Porsche 911SC.  Most of these buyers tended to spec their new quirky air-cooled with a Guards Red exterior paint.

Produced from 1978 through 1983, the Porsche 911SC was supposed to be the swansong of the company’s rear-engine, air-cooled sports cars, with the water-cooled, V8-powered 928 designed to take its place. It’s well-documented why that never happened, but that’s a story for another time.  Save for issues with head studs and pop-off valves, the Porsche 911SC earned a reputation for being a reliable and luxurious everyday sports car.  Consequently, most examples racked up serious mileage, many of which were extensively modified over the years. Today, it is very rare to find a low-mileage, survivor-quality Porsche 911SC for sale.

One example we were pleased to come across is this 46K-Mile Guards Red 1983 Porsche 911SC for sale, first spotted for sale in July 2023 on Craigslist in Las Vegas. Unlike most other Guards Red examples we come across, this Porsche 911 features a light tan interior that feels much airier inside than the typical black examples.  The seller’s one-sentence description containing “well maintained and in very good condition” does not elaborate on whether the car’s air cleaner Pop-off valve or head studs have been addressed, so you’ll want to ask the seller of this 1983 Porsche 911SC for sale about those items.

Now offered for $75,000 (the original ask was $79,500),, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is right in line with this guide’s one-year results summary, indicates the asking price is well above the average price of most comparable examples, however, keep in mind this is a low-mileage, unmodified Porsche 911SC.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for in the past rolling twelve months:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $56,000 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $81,500.

The 1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe is an iconic sports car that was produced by the German automaker Porsche between 1978 and 1983. The “SC” in its name stands for “Super Carrera,” emphasizing its improved performance over its predecessor, the 911S. As a classic model from the 911 lineup, the 1983 911SC Coupe represents a timeless design and embodies Porsche’s commitment to engineering excellence and driving pleasure.

The exterior design of the 1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe is instantly recognizable and has become an automotive icon. Its sleek and aerodynamic silhouette features the classic 911 shape, with its sloping roofline, rounded headlights, and wide fender flares. The coupe body style showcases the car’s sporting nature with its low profile and aggressive stance. The 911SC Coupe typically comes with alloy wheels, distinctive Porsche badging, and a rear-mounted spoiler that adds both style and downforce at higher speeds.

Interior: Inside the 911SC Coupe, you’ll find a driver-focused cockpit that combines luxury and performance. The seating position is low and supportive, allowing for excellent visibility and a direct connection to the road. High-quality materials, such as leather and brushed aluminum, are used throughout the cabin, exuding a sense of refinement. The instrument cluster features clear and legible gauges, including a central tachometer that reflects the car’s sporting pedigree. The cabin offers two seats in the front and limited rear jump seating, making it a true sports car experience.

Under the rear decklid of the 1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe lies a horizontally opposed, air-cooled 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. This engine delivers a respectable amount of power for its time, producing around 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission, allowing for precise gear changes and an engaging driving experience. The 911SC Coupe is known for its superb handling and balance, thanks to its rear-engine layout, independent suspension, and responsive steering. With its lightweight construction and impressive power-to-weight ratio, the 911SC Coupe can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of around 140 mph.

Although the 1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe predates the digital age, it still offers several features and technologies that enhance the driving experience. Standard features may include power windows, a sunroof, air conditioning, and a premium sound system. While more limited than modern standards, safety features include anti-lock brakes (ABS), impact-absorbing bumpers, and a reinforced passenger safety cell.

The 1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe holds a special place in Porsche’s history as one of the last models to feature an air-cooled engine before the transition to water-cooled engines in later generations. Its classic design, excellent driving dynamics, and the iconic status of the Porsche 911 have contributed to its collectibility and enduring popularity among car enthusiasts and collectors. Well-maintained examples in original condition with low mileage can command a premium in the classic car market.

In summary, the 1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe is a legendary sports car that embodies the spirit of Porsche engineering and design. With its timeless styling, engaging driving dynamics, and the unmistakable sound of its air-cooled engine, it remains a sought-after classic car among enthusiasts and a symbol of automotive excellence.

The Porsche Club of America YouTube Channel features this One-Mile Review by Damon Lowry driving a similar 1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe:

Not only is it becoming increasingly difficult to find a Porsche 911SC Coupe in unmodified condition, but it’s also even rarer to find one with up-to-date maintenance and less than 50K miles on the clock. This 1983 Porsche 911SC Coupe for sale checks all of those boxes. Unfortunately, air-cooled Porsche 911 prices continue to remain strong, and the seller’s asking price is right in line for a Porsche 911SC in such low mileage and original condition. Bonus points for the fact this Porsche 911 for sale features

If you are serious about buying this 911SC Coupe, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their vintage air-cooled Porsche for sale featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This car is well maintained and in very good condition. It has very low mileage. Please contact me with any questions.


Proof of fund required to test drive.

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