1978 Porsche 911SC 3.0-Litre Targa Coupé  Chassis no. 9118311223

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Lot 778
1978 Porsche 911SC 3.0-Litre Targa Coupé
Registration no. XSO 860S Chassis no. 9118311223

Sold for £ 12,075 (US$ 14,343) inc. premium
1978 Porsche 911SC 3.0-Litre Targa Coupé
Registration no. XSO 860S
Chassis no. 9118311223

Footnotes

  • A 'modern classic' if ever there was one, Porsche's long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356. The latter's rear-engined layout was retained, but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the bodyshell and dropped the 356's VW-based suspension in favour of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. In its first incarnation, Porsche's single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat six displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp; progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3 litres and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower.
    Two years after the original coupé's introduction, a convertible 911 - the 'Targa', named in honour of Porsche's numerous victories in the Sicilian classic - arrived in 1966. Expected US safety legislation had prompted an ingenious approach to the soft-top 911, the Targa sporting a hefty roll-over bar to protect the occupants in the event of an inversion, together with removable roof and rear hood sections, which were stowable in the boot. For 1969 a quieter and less leak-prone fixed rear window replaced the less than perfect rear hood, and the ever-popular Targa would continue in this form well into the 1990s, sharing countless mechanical and styling developments with its closed cousin along the way. The much loved and instantly recognisable Targa finally bowed out at the end of the 1990s, when the Cabriolet became the sole open-topped 911 with the introduction of the Type 996 range for 1999.
    The left-hand drive Targa offered here dates from 1978, by which time rationalisation had seen the 911 range reduced to the SC and Turbo models, the normally aspirated 3.0-litre SC having 188bhp at its disposal by 1979, an output good enough for a top speed of 140mph-plus. Owned since 1988 and only used for long distance trips in summer time, the car benefits from a stainless steel exhaust system and an engine converted to accept lead-free petrol. A desirable manual transmission example finished in red with black part-leather interior, 'XSO 860S' was restored in 2007 and is described by the vendor as 'without problems'. The vehicle comes with old-style logbook, MoT to June 2011 and Swansea V5 registration document.
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1978 Porsche 911SC 3.0-Litre Targa Coupé  Chassis no. 9118311223
1978 Porsche 911SC 3.0-Litre Targa Coupé  Chassis no. 9118311223
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