1981 Porsche 911 SC Targa 3.0


One sentence is not enough for an opinion. But in a word: Awesome!!!


When I bought it, these were the things that were wrong with it:

- Leaky front window.

- Aux. heater blower clunking around (not blowing).

- Small crack in the distributor cap.

- Ignition coil has a small leak.

- Rust spot on the driver's door towards the back by the glass (fixed).

- Air con heating up the wires.

- Idle when cold.

- Shifter wobbly in 1st and 2nd.

Things that broke:

- New coil.

- #1 cylinder injector.

The ignition coil is the worst part of the whole experience. The previous owner replaced it as part of the sale. I went through two OEM silver Bosch coils from Porsche; one lasted 700km and the other 10km. Sealed the old one and that's what I'm using. Porsche still owes me money or a coil.

Proactive replacement:

- Distributor cap + rotor.

- Spark plugs.

- Spark plug wires.

- All injectors.

To do for the 2016 driving season:

- Seal the leaky window.

- Get air con wiring figured out.

- Fix the warm up.

- Rebuild the aux heater fan (in progress).

- Valve adjustment.

- Shifter.

- Buff the paint back to a showroom shine and repaint the rims.

General Comments:


I take it fishing with my girl on a regular basis.

I smile every time I drive it.

I really don't know how I lived without this car for so long.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2015

1981 Porsche 911 SC Targa 3.0 flat six


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