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#1939 of 2175 1978-83 911SC
Aug 20, 2008 (6:53 pm)
I was reading an article in "Excellence" magazine about the 10 Porsches to collect today. The 1978-83 911SC caught my eye and I was wondering if anyone had an opinion about buying one of these cars? The article claims that a nice one would cost between $16,000 & $19,000, that they're loads of these cars around, that they're durable, fun, don't rust like older Porsches, and the 2.0 engine is a good one. I'm not buying it as an investment, just to have fun with and to see where my 2006 911 came from. I don't mind a restoration project. I just don't want to buy a bucket of bolts that is always breaking down. Perhaps there is no such thing in the Prosche family as a bucket of bolts, but you get what I mean. What do you think?
#1940 of 2175 Re: 1978-83 911SC [buylow]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 21, 2008 (2:58 am)
For that price, you can get an '84-'89 Carrera.. which is what I would do..
That price seems high for a 911SC, but I'm not in that market, so maybe it's firmed up some... Most of the cars I see go for $9K-$13K (maybe for a good reason, though).
#1941 of 2175 Re: 1978-83 911SC [kyfdx]
Aug 21, 2008 (5:04 am)
I agree with kyfdx. That money should get a nice Carrera. The SCs run a couple of grand cheaper, but anything cheaper than $12K is probably a nightmare. I actually was planning to buy an SC, but I found a good deal on an 86 Carerra through a friend. Both are great cars.
#1942 of 2175 Re: 1978-83 911SC [buylow]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 21, 2008 (9:40 am)
The 78-83 SCs are very rugged, reliable cars with a 3.0 engine (not 2.0) but you might find the 87-89 Carrera a lot more refined and easier to drive around town. Coming from a water cooled 996 as you have, you may find the air cooled cars quite a bit different from what you drive. They are decidedly edgier and more electric.
I agree with the others---"Excellence" is making silly prices again.
#1943 of 2175 Re: About to buy 05 C2 997, no CPO [madmanmoo]
Aug 21, 2008 (3:47 pm)
So then I have to ask, if $55k is a good price for a 2005 C2 base with 39k miles and no CPO, what would you think is a good price for a 2005 C2S Cab with 22k miles and a few more options? (FWIW, I'm guessing the original MSRP was about $23-25k higher)
#1944 of 2175 Re: 1978-83 911SC [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 21, 2008 (8:57 pm)
Thanks for the info, guys. I have been doing a little reading on the 1978-83 911 SC's and the 1987-89 911's. Sounds like the 1987-89's have a bigger clutch, improved transmission and hydraulic clutch activation (easier to shift). As you say, easier to drive around town. This may be the one. The problem is that these '89's with 30 to 60,000 miles are running $32,000 to $35,000. Check out www.truspeedmotorcars.com. The cars are in excellent condition and Truspeed has its own mechanics that go through them, I think, plus they are only 30 miles from where I live in So. California.They e-mailed me the prices of their inventory. EbayMotors isn't much better on the pricing. When you say 1987-89,s for under $20,000, are you talking 100,000 miles +??. Obviously, private party would be cheaper, but riskier. Going to check out Truspeed this Saturday. As long as I don't drive it, I won't buy it.
#1945 of 2175 Re: 1978-83 911SC [buylow]
Aug 22, 2008 (5:20 am)
100K + on these cars doesn't bother me a bit. They are 20 years old after all.
I just did a quick check of autotrader and saw piles of low mileage 87-89s for around $20K, and that is just asking prices.
#1946 of 2175 Re: About to buy 05 C2 997, no CPO [habitat1]
Aug 22, 2008 (5:21 am)
You would be looking in the low $60k's. Habitat1, the 997's aren't going underneath $50k yet unless you get a beater. I know you seem to have your finger on the pulse of the market, but I watch these vehicles come and go every day. It isn't there yet. At least in my market.
#1947 of 2175 Re: 1978-83 911SC [buylow]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 22, 2008 (6:21 am)
Paying a $10K premium to buy through some sort of boutique dealer is not the way I would go...
These cars aren't garage queens (for the most part)... people drive them..
Not sure why Shifty doesn't like the '84-'86 models, but any of those will be under $20K.... plus, most of the '87-'89 models, as well.. You should be able to find a really nice example for $18K-$20K... $25K+ for a Carrera of that vintage is nuts..
If I'm paying over $30K, I'd look for the '94-'96 model... (not that you'll find any, but you could look..lol).
Oh yeah... get a coupe and stay away from the targa or convertible..
#1948 of 2175 Re: 1978-83 911SC [kyfdx]
Aug 22, 2008 (6:25 am)
84-86 still have the old style transmission and clutch. That is why 87-89s are preferred by most. It clearly doesn't matter to me too much since I am in the process of purchasing an '86.