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1979 Porsche 911SC
Sunroof Coupe:

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Most Porsche aficionados agree: the overall best balanced and best built air-cooled 911 is the 911SC, manufactured between 1978 and 1983, as it seems to provide the ideal compromise between the raw, early 911 and the electronics-laden, cushier 1984-and up versions.



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Hence, 911SCs have always been very desirable cars, making it harder for those enthusiasts on a budget to own and enjoy this particular model. Finding one the working man can afford -- that doesn't come in a bucket, with lots of free rust thrown in for good measure -- isn't an easy task anymore.

Here's a fabulous example that won't break the bank, one of the few remaining sub-$30K 911SCs out there. It's a very nice driver, featuring a few odds and ends that were added to suit the former owner's fancy. The man actually travelled in Markus Walker's DTLA orbit and thus used the guru's proven recipe: find a good-running 911 (or 912) and just add cosmetic bits to taste. Shake well and instantly you'll obtain your personal expression of a classic theme. All easily reversible, of course!

The 1979 Porsche 911SC Sunroof Coupe presented here, VIN *9119200516*, is one of just 2,013 such Coupes sold in North America during the model year. A California resident from new, it still proudly wears its original, 1979-issue, blue-and-gold license plates. We recently purchased the car from the estate of its long time owner who resided in Alhambra, Calif.
Let's check out this fine SC closely now.

Trunk looks unassuming but very clean, with the gray felt mat in place, working trunk light and hood shocks. A neat strut brace has been added.
Let's see what lurks underneath!

Clean, clean, clean, even way down here. Jack and spare look untouched.

Not surprisingly, this California Porsche doesn't show any signs of rust or accident damage in the vulnerable "nose" area.


Undercarriage remains in an excellent state of preservation, with original finishes intact. There is no rust here either, which doesn't surprise, given the geographical area the car has lived in, and, of course, the factory zinc-plating process that made it much harder for the tin worm to attack the post-1975 911s. Bottoms of engine and transmission look super clean and dry.

Pristine floor pans.

This 911SC wears a smooth and glossy coat of Platinum Metallic paint, accentuated by a set of staggered 7 & 8 in. Porsche 911phone dial alloys shod with excellent FALKEN high-speed radials of the correct 205/55VR16 and 225/50VR16 sizes, respectively. Lurking behind the wheels are upgraded, 4-piston Porsche 964 brake calipers.

There are no scratches, bubbles, dents or other signs of abuse to be found, just a few very minor flaws attributable to age and use. Ride height has been adjusted to Euro specs and the car has received a 4-wheel alignment. It drives like it's on rails!

Inside, the classic Porsche 911 cockpit has been enhanced with a 165mm DINO leather wheel, chrome rimmed instruments (they all work, even the clock) and lightened alloy pedals.

Dash top appears smooth and free of unsightly cracks. Gauge faces are crisp, lenses are clear.

A special treat are the expensive, period RECARO sport seats.
Note RS door panels.

Stock rear seat cushions, seat backs, side panels, and parcel tray are all beautifully preserved. Note the lightweight, charcoal gray perlon felt carpeting that was just recently installed.

Muscular rear of the potent 911. 964RS-style bumper with louvered skirt looks sharp. Note, again, the original blue CA license plate and the crisp Euro taillights.

Engine bay is toothbrush clean and looks mostly stock. Engine # *6590424* is believed to be the matching numbers unit installed at the Zuffenhausen factory, 39 years ago.

Having been rebuilt and updated as necessary, the motor sounds as good as it looks, with no unusual noises, exhaust smoke or leaks to be noted.

Underneath, it all looks extremely well-cared-for, from the stainless one-in-one-out muffler to the fresh set of Bilstein shock absorbers.

October 5th was another gorgeous autumn day here in San Buenaventura and we enjoyed our test drive and photo session to the max.

This 911SC starts, idles, runs, drives, handles and brakes with the best of 'em. Smiles-per-mile ratio is very high, indeed.

Car does everything you ask of it with aplomb while the air-cooled boxer is emitting those addictive sounds Porsche aficionados live for.

Returning home, we are elated. This is affordable Porsche motoring at its best!

This SC is somewhat of a blank canvas. Leave it as is and enjoy driving it as the Old Master intended, add bits to taste to venture deeper into the R-Gruppe realm, or bring it back to 100% "as delivered" appearance, perhaps?

Hard to find like this, here's a great running, sensibly priced California 911SC that needs nothing but a new owner.


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You are most welcome to inspect this fine automobile at our location in Ventura, by appointment, or have someone inspect it for you.
Please, direct all inquiries to bill@californiaclassix.com or call us at 805-653-5551.