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1978 Porsche 911SC Targa

  • Equipped with a highly desirable 3.0-litre, flat six-cylinder SC engine
  • Recently reconditioned engine and recently rebuilt five-speed transaxle
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Included are a parts binder, service receipts, owner's manual and warranty book, plus numerous extra OEM parts

VIN: 9118211534

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Around the time of its debut in 1963, the Porsche 911 was offered only in closed-roof coupe configuration. This would change in 1967, with the introduction of a now-iconic 911 variant, the Targa. Stuttgart's new offering was so named to commemorate the firm's dominance at the famed Targa Florio endurance race in Italy. The partially open roof setup offered drivers the weather protection of a coupe with the targa top fitted yet retaining the option to quickly stow the roof for top-open enjoyment. Its signature roll cage "hoop" ensured safety and stability akin to a roll bar. Since its association as a Porsche word, the term "Targa" has been borrowed by many competitors and has become synonymous with the partially open roof design. After a brief spell of 'soft' rear windows, for 1969 a quieter and less leak-prone fixed glass rear window replaced the less than perfect rear convertible top-like material and plastic window; the ever-popular Targa would continue in this form well into the 1990s, sharing countless mechanical and styling developments with its closed cousin along the way.

In 1978, the Porsche 911 was still only being offered in these two configurations with the cabriolet not making its full debut until 1983. For 911 enthusiasts of the day, attention was focused on Stuttgart's new powerplant, the 3.0-litre Super Carrera "SC" engine. The previous magnesium alloy engine case had been replaced with a cast aluminum unit borrowed from the 911 Turbo. This change solved many of the heat-related issues associated with magnesium cases. The new engine was fed by Bosch's K-Jetronic fuel injection, commonly referred to as CIS for Continuous Injection System. This combination created a powerplant that was almost always mated to Porsche's five-speed transaxle and rated at 180 horsepower for U.S.-specified examples. The SC continued to wear the wider rear haunches of the previous Carrera models, as well as stiffer anti-roll bars and power disc brakes on all four corners.

This stunning 911SC Targa is finished in a rare and attractive Porsche Copper Metallic, making it stand out in a crowd. The previous owner of this Porsche resided in New Mexico where the climate is ideal for the preservation of cars and made sure this Targa was well-cared for. In 2022, the car was sent to a specialist for a major service that entailed removal and disassembly of the engine, cleaning of the pistons and cylinders, replacement of the head studs, and much more. Additionally, the transaxle received a complete rebuild with new clutch and flywheel, followed by some testing and tuning that resulted in making this 911SC run and drive beautifully. All the work performed is fully documented with receipts that total over $16,000.

The mirror-gloss finish of the paint is accented by the black removable targa top and black centered Fuchs wheels fitted with Michelin tires. A pair of newly upgraded headlights add to the crisp look of this classic Porsche Targa. The deep black interior looks fantastic thanks in part to the new, high-quality, correct reproduction black leather front seat upholstery installed in 2023, also documented with receipts. Extras include more receipts, a large collection of extra OEM parts, parts binder, owner's manual, and warranty book. Serviced and ready to enjoy, this 911SC Targa is an excellent choice for anyone that loves Porsches and appreciates a properly maintained machine.

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