BaT Auction: 1981 Porsche 911SC Targa

This 1981 Porsche 911SC Targa was delivered new in July 1981 to Hembrough Porsche Audi VW of Springfield, Illinois and was first registered in Missouri, going on to reside in the Midwest until coming to California in 2019. The car is finished in Wine Red Metallic over Cork leather sport seats, and was factory equipped with cruise control, air conditioning, and fog lights. Power is from an air-cooled 3.0L flat-six mated to a five-speed manual transaxle. A partial repaint, timing chain tensioner update, and valve adjustment were performed in 2018, reportedly after 12 years of storage, along with installation of a new fuel pump, airbox pop-off valve, and capacitive discharge ignition module. This 911SC shows 88k miles after nine months with the seller and is offered with an owner’s manual, two keys, tools, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name.

1981 Porsche 911SC Targa

One-year-only Weinrott Metallic (895) paint is accented by a black Targa bar. The front end, doors, and rockers were repainted while with the third owner in 2018, reportedly after a 12-year period of storage. At that time the removable roof panel was also recovered, the headliner replaced, new fog light lenses installed, and the seals for the windshield and cowl changed. A second exhaust tip on the right is said to have been added by the initial dealer, while H4 headlights were added by the previous owner.

1981 Porsche 911SC Targa

Black 16″ forged Fuchs wheels wear 205/55 Continental ExtremeContact tires with 2017 date codes up front and 225/50 versions from 2016 at the rear. A brake service consisting of new pads, machined rotors, and replacement front calipers was performed in 2018. The car was factory-equipped with Bilstein sport dampers.

1981 Porsche 911SC Targa

Cork leather sport seats are accented by a darker brown dash pad and door tops that were replaced under previous ownership. Additional factory equipment includes power windows, cruise control, a power-adjustable passenger-side mirror, four speakers, and an electric radio antenna. A radio block-off plate is installed in the dash. The air conditioning system was serviced in 2018.

1981 Porsche 911SC Targa

The central tachometer is flanked by auxiliary gauges and an 85-mph speedometer with a six-digit mechanical odometer, which displays 88k miles. The steering column bearing, sun visors, and combination turn signal/headlight switch have been replaced, and a Wevo short-shifter for the 915 five-speed transaxle was installed.

1981 Porsche 911SC Targa

The 3.0-liter flat-six received updates in 2018 such as an airbox pop-off valve as well as replacement of the capacitive discharge ignition module, coil, and spark plug wires. A valve adjustment and timing chain tensioner update were performed, the fuel system was drained and purged, and a new fuel pump and filter were installed along with a new air filter and spark plugs. The previous owner is said to have replaced the engine cover lid latch with an OEM part.

1981 Porsche 911SC Targa

The oil return lines from the tank to the oil cooler were replaced by a previous owner, and a catalytic converter and new oxygen sensor were also installed at that time. An oil change was last performed in November 2018 at 87k miles.

1981 Porsche 911SC Targa

The car comes with two keys, an owner’s manual, service records since 2018, a window sticker copy, and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.

1981 Porsche 911SC Targa

The August 2020 Carfax report shows ownership history in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and California, with the most recent entry in August 2019. A clean AutoCheck report is also provided.

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