1981 Porsche 911 Review from North America

1981 Porsche 911 SC Targa 3.0 flat six

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 flat six Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired123000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta


Unmatched by newer rivals, the older 911's are pure performance classics -- they are raw & visceral.


Not much has gone wrong with the vehicle.

The previous owner spent a considerable sum to keep the car in good shape.

Clutch replaced at about 110,000 miles, Carrera chain tensioners installed early in the car's history, broken head studs were replaced at about 110,000 miles, all else was routine and typical.

General Comments:

The car was quick and handled rather well.

However, it is a 20 year old Targa (summer car exclusively) and I wanted it to handle even better.

The air conditioning, heating system, radio, speakers, antenna, sound proofing, rear seats, catalytic converter, bumpers and other components were removed.

Fiberglass bumpers (about 10 pounds total), test pipe (catalyst by-pass pipe), sport exhaust, pop-off valve in the airbox, and various odds and ends were added.

The car was lowered to Euro-spec standards, urethane bushings, turbo tie rods, and strut brace installed.

Brake calipers rebuilt, cross-drilled rotors, stainless brake lines, Pagid pads installed.

Now the car rides a lot stiffer and handles incredibly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2002

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review