California Legacy:

1982 Porsche 911SC 3.0
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 lightweight, 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 Average Joe can afford -- one 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-$35K 911SCs in captivity. It's a life-long California Porsche that has benefitted from 36 years spent in a most beneficial climate.

Leaving the Zuffenhausen factory gates in January of 1982, VIN *WP0AA0916CS121301* -- one of just 2,457 such Coupes sent to North America during the model year -- was sold new at Niello Porsche in Rocklin, Calif. to the well-to-do owner of a thoroughbred horse ranch. Seventeen years later, the car was acquired by a -- now retired -- Stockton realtor who kept it as an occasional fun weekend driver until selling it to his neighbors in 2004. All told, the car has travelled less than 20K miles during the past 20 years.

A dense history file, dating back to 2002, accompanies this fine specimen; the original owner's manual is also included.

The SC has always been looked after conscientiously by its enthusiast owners. Apart from a major tune up, recent repair and maintenance included a transmission rebuild, air conditioning service, installation of new and sundry items such as tie rod ends, sunroof seals, battery, oxygen sensor relay and control unit, oil lines, H4 conversion headlights, ignition module ($$) and coil, shift bushings, fuel sending unit, rear brake rotors and pads, windshield trim, seal, and washer pump -- to the tune of more than $14,000.00.
Let's now check out this fine Porsche, front to back.

Luggage compartment looks clean and well-kept, with working hood struts and the traditional Josef-Beuys-memorial gray felt mat in place. The original factory tool kit is present as well. Yay!

Even underneath the mat, everything looks spiffy. Space saver spare has never been used.

Car's vulnerable "nose" section looks to be completely free of corrosion or accident damage, even underneath the battery. Factory finishes are in place, as is the factory tire jack.


Here's where this classic Porsche really shines: the undercarriage looks phenomenal. Rust free, dry, original, unmolested, it can only be described as immaculate.

Pristine floor pan.

Porsche's coachwork has survived the past four decades admirably, with excellent shut lines (gaps) and smooth flanks.

The iconic, date-coded FUCHS forged light alloy Wheels look beautiful and wear a set of appropriate Michelin Pilot tires (205/55-16 and 225/50-16).
Note cad-plated brake calipers.

Our 911SC's Grand Prix White paint looks to be the factory original finish, with just some inpainting to note as well as the usual, slight wear commensurate with age and use. However, there are no bubbles, dents, scrapes or any signs of prior mishaps that would cause the new owner sleepless nights.

The optional electric sunroof works great. Chocolate brown headliner looks fantastic.
Note working dome lights.

Classic Porsche 911 cockpit is a cozy place to be. Dash top presents itself free of hairline splits or cracks.

Porsche pilots enjoy this exciting view of the classic VDO gauges. Instruments feature clear glass and crisp dials; they all work as they should. Small-diameter, leather-clad steering wheel looks tough, shows no signs of excessive use.

Original leatherette seats have been refinished, many moons ago, and still look fine. Cabin carpeting has been replaced, too.

Seat closeup. No loose stitching, no split seams, no issues at all.

Rear seatlets, side trim and parcel shelf all look clean and tidy.
Note lap belts for rear occupants.

The eternally attractive back of the 911.
Please, note that this SC still proudly wears its original, 1982-issue, quite uncommon California "sunset" license plate.

Toothbrush clean engine compartment houses the matching numbers 3.0 liter power plant.

Porsche's venerable flat six runs very strong and sounds heavenly.

Plus, it's as clean underneath as it is up top.

Wednesday, November 21st, was another warm and sunny day here in our little coastal paradise and we were excited to take our beautiful Porsche out for a test drive and photo session.

The car starts, idles, runs, drives, handles and stops wonderfully.

The 3-Liter Super Carreras are still extremely capable performers as they communicate a "modern" driving experience and can be enjoyed without worries on today's often crowded highways.

Driving impressions from the cockpit.

Returning home, we are in lust with this old Porsche. It truly transports us back to simpler times, when you were expected to take control of a car, not the other way around. A basic Fahrmaschine -- just as Professor P. intended -- was all you needed to feel at home around town, on twisty back roads or fast stretches of Autobahn.

'78-'83 911SC Coupes are thought of as exceptional investments. Due to their virtually bullet-proof nature, they're among the most sought-after classic Porsches today. Here's a great opportunity to snag one of the last remaining, nicely equipped and documented, matching numbers California 911SCs at a very resonable price. Don't hesitate . . .


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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.
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