BaT Auction Success Story: Childhood Dream Car Achieved

This just in from BaT user MBly2019, who purchased this 1978 Porsche 911SC Targa on the website in September 2020.

“Boy, where do I begin with my Porsche SC quest?

Back in the mid 80’s when I was a little punk kid, I had a neighbor down the street that had a cashmere beige 1979 SC. I drooled every time I saw him driving it around the neighborhood. The sound of it, the look of it and the complicated simplicity of it. I am and always have been a freak for anything purposefully and intently engineered. Over the years, with many Honda’s, Audi’s, and Volvo’s later, that car never escaped my mind or heart. A couple years back, I made the decision to get it in gear and start my hunt. I explored local car shows and meet ups, dug through the nefarious interweb for listings, test drove a few local cars until finally getting serious on BaT. I had bid on a few cars but nothing ever really made me want to go all in. However, on a crisp afternoon last September, I found the car. The one that ended my hunt and began a new passion.

BaT Auction Success Story: Childhood Dream Car Achieved

I had been eyeballing this 1978 911SC Targa all week. The comments from the gallery were starting to heat up, however, the owner wasn’t exactly involved so the $’s weren’t stacking up by any means for this car. I knew I wanted an SC and I actually prefer the Targa (I know I am one of the few vs the Coupe crew although hey, it’s what I like). I also knew that these cars are 40+ years old now and unless I was going to pony up (even then do you really know?), things were going to be needed on ANY car I was going to buy. Worst case scenario the car is an exploded basket case and best case it was ready to party with an oil change and a fresh tank of petrol. I also knew I wanted an SC to make my own and also get it to a point that I can drive it anywhere, so getting one on the lower side that needed some work done was my sweet spot.

As the clock on the auction was ticking down to an hour or so, there were still crickets from the owner and the car was sitting around $20,000. I was at work and it was an insanely busy day although as the 15 minutes to go bell rang, I shut my door and knew it was go time. Bidding heated up a little although nothing too squirrelly. So with 5 minutes left I tossed a bid out, then a couple more bids. The last minute it was just me as the top bidder and the clock was ticking away. Alas, the auction ended and in came the won bid and reserve met signal, so BaT sent me the owners info to close the deal down.

When I called the owner he said he was having coffee and didn’t catch the auction. He was a retired chef and restaurant owner and was on HIS time now. He asked what I got his car for and when I told him he laughed and said “good for you”. He admitted that he is not tech savvy, had no idea how to post videos, and let the auction take care of itself. He was great during the entire transaction and a few days later met the transport driver to get it on it’s way up from San Diego, CA to Eugene, OR.

Once it got to Eugene, I excitedly took it for a spin around town a few times to check if everything was in working order. I had set it up to get the car over to Eric Jones Motorsports so Eric could lay out any good and bad news. He came recommended from a friend and was a great recommendation! Eric owns air cooled Porsche’s, is passionate about them and knows how to set up whatever your heart and wallet desires. He called a few days later and hit me with the low down, telling me his recommendations. The 3.0 had lower compression in bank 4-6, the tires were 16 years old, and the car radio amp was draining the battery. The good news was the 915 gear box was in fine other than a bushing, and the rest of the car was in great shape.

BaT Auction Success Story: Childhood Dream Car Achieved

Tune up’s that Eric dove into and handled: Complete top end rebuild, new shifter and throttle bushings, new Michelin Pilot kicks, rebuilt CDI box, added SSI heat exchangers, M&K sport exhaust, stanced it, cleaned and bead blasted cases and fan, replaced all the dash and exterior marker bulbs that were toast and any random bolts/screws that were missing.

Eric Jone’s handy work. Ready to party!

PS: SSI’s with M&K Sport is THE ticket and radio delete worthy. Neighbors might not be in favor of it but hey, they will get over it.

The SC is back home and I have added Rennline LED Headlights, a fine mahogany/balsa wood 917 type shift knob, sick Coco Mats (after I vacuumed up the remnants of the 80’s), misc. adds like KeyLow 917 charred key, Joshy Robots drug rug fuel flap and more. Deleting the radio, amp and woofer – they gone.

BaT Auction Success Story: Childhood Dream Car Achieved

BaT Auction Success Story: Childhood Dream Car Achieved

Already racked up 1200+ miles in 2 weeks and just getting started. Stoked that everything worked out, that I am finally behind the driver seat of my 911SC and that BaT helped facilitate it all. This car is everything I hoped for and more! Catch you on the windy stretches of our upper left roads and cheers to following your dreams!”

BaT Auction Success Story: Childhood Dream Car Achieved

Thanks so much for the update, and we love the orange on this SC! It’s great to hear that you’ve finally gotten the car you have wanted since you were a kid. Since you have put 1200+ miles on it in two weeks, I’m sure your “past self” would be super proud if they were able to get a glimpse into the future and see you now! Well done.

Thanks for the story, and thanks to pdasilva for listing this one with us!

-BaT

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