No 911 is ever obsolete, but this rare 1983 911 SC cabriolet demonstrates that some can be more contemporary than others. With a stunning Guards Red paint job and an inviting tan leather interior, it has a very modern look with plenty of performance to match. And 1983 was the only year that you could purchase a cabriolet in an SC, so the investment potential of this beauty is sure to keep on rising.
Refinished a few years ago, the paint on this 911 simply has to be seen in person to fully appreciate it. The quality is up to Porsche's legendary standards and it only shows minor signs of being used, which is probably unavoidable on a car this seductive. Of course, like any high-end paint job, the prep is critical, so the fact that this 911 was ultra-straight and still fit together with typical German precision made things that much easier. Getting everything to match can be tricky with these high-gloss finishes and if you don't get it right, it ends up looking like you did it yourself with a can of Krylon. Fortunately, the pros who sprayed this car knew their business and it came out great, with good gloss and solid coloration that makes it look like the finish was born there. There's also a "whale tail" spoiler out back, Euro headlights, and a deep chin spoiler to accentuate the 911's already handsome good looks, and all of it is in quite good condition. It's not subtle, but subtle isn't why you buy a Porsche, now is it?
The tan leather interior looks far more contemporary than the car's age would suggest. The high-back buckets are supportive but not constricting, perfect for high-speed blasts along your twisting mountain road or a long distance trip to the coast. The seat covers were replaced recently and look suitably upscale for the 911's price range and offer soft hides that are more supple than most OEM leather. The instruments, with the big tach front and center in traditional Porsche fashion, are all fully functional and there's a black leather steering wheel that's showing a bit of age, but that's like saying a professional outfielder's mitt is beat up. An updated AM/FM/CD stereo head unit has been installed, so this vintage Porsche doesn't feel all that old, although it does deliver a traditional Porsche feel with floor-hinged pedals, a 5-speed shifter that takes a firm hand to master, and a rear seat area that's more for storage than passengers. There's a beautiful black canvas convertible top that fits rather well, especially considering that this was the first year for a drop-top Porsche since 1965. Up front, the boot is finished in gray fabric and still carries its original space-saver spare.
The SC came with a robust 3.0-liter air-cooled flat six, which, thanks to several durability enhancements, was one of the better products of the 1980s, and arguably the most dependable motor Porsche ever built. It's insanely torquey and with smart gear ratios in the transmission, it screams out of the hole with a tenor wail that any car guy can recognize a mile away. Aside from a K&N filter, it's quite stock, which is important for both longevity and drivability, and there are signs of proper maintenance throughout the engine bay. A recent steam cleaning means that the engine bay is pretty much as Porsche engineers intended and you'll never hesitate to turn the key and head out on the road. Traditional Fuchs alloys have been polished to give it a high-profile look and carry 16-inch Michelin radials.
Any 911 is going to be an awesome car, but if you're looking for one that looks like the one on your bedroom wall and has the performance to back it up, look no farther than this SC Cabrio. And with a full maintenance service totaling $10k just completed, this Porsche is turn-key and ready to roll. Call today!