1981 Porsche 911 SC 3.0 litre from Australia and New Zealand




Rear brake caliper sticking.

High/low beam not working.

Radio/cassette not working.

Minor little problems.

General Comments:

This is my first rear engined car, it sticks to the road incredibly well.

It is very quick, give the feeling of a 767 at take off roll.

I say 767 as the thrust is stronger than a 747.

It is an event when I start it every 2 or so weeks, I just sit there and let it come to life, slowly so all parts are well lubricated before setting off.

Ah is there any other car that gives the same emotion?... no!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2005

1981 Porsche 911 SC 3.0L from UK and Ireland


A full blooded racing car for the price of a fiesta


Backfire on start-up split the air box - a simple £30 pop off valve would have prevented this.

Anti roll bar bushes replaced.

Brake started binding - had them overhauled.

Slight water leak in very bad weather - windscreen seals getting on a bit.

Small amount of rust bubbling around filler flap.

General Comments:

A stupendous car for the money - bought mine in Germany for £6500! It's worth £9000 over here. Look after it and you'll get back what you paid for it - perhaps more.

Built like a tank although after 23 years some of the rubbers and things are starting to show their age - cheap to replace though.

The motor is incredibly strong too. The recommendation is to red line it frequently when warmed up :) (Porsche calls it 'spirited driving') Has a dry sump - usually only seen on competition cars.

It's perhaps a little basic compared to some modern cars (no pas, loud etc) but that the fun of it. You find yourself driving around with the window open just to hear the wonderful flat six sound.

Considering it's age it's remarkably reliable. It's never let me down on a journey. It's simple enough to service yourself - there's a wealth of information on the web to help you too (pelicanparts technical forum).

Down side is that it urges you to drive faster all the time - once the revs are at 3500 you get such a kick in the back - it hard to resist. Sadly there aren't enough clear roads. Trips to Le Mans are fun though.

I can recommend a track day too. I went on a filthy wet day and was dreading the over-steer reputation. To my surprise I didn't spin once. I had excellent new tyres (Goodyear eagle F1) and didn't lift off mid corner. Kept it smooth and had a whale of a time drifting about - and had similar times to my friends in 20 year younger Elises and Evos. The racing driver who was with us said the car felt great too.

Take your time and find yourself a good one as engine rebuilds and major bodywork could be expensive. Look out for rust, oil leaks, smoke while driving (a little puff at start up is fine). The gearbox may be a bit tricky to put into first sometimes (pull toward second a little first and it should go in fine) gearboxes aren't great - but adequate.

Gets about 21mpg on average (with some spirited driving) 30mpg on motorways.

Classic car insurance is cheap - less than I pay for my old Golf!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2004

8th Apr 2005, 11:52

Glad to hear it! I'm 22 and it'd be cheaper for me to insure an SC than my Mk1 GTi...madness! Anyway, what with a nice golden hello coming my way and the sale of the Golf, it'll be hard to resist picking one up!

1981 Porsche 911 SC Targa 3.0 flat six from North America


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

1981 Porsche 911 SC 3.0 petrol from Norway


Not much, mostly upgrading and tuning.

General Comments:

Fun to drive, stiff and noisy and screams for more!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 1999