Cars & Racing | 24 February 20161978-1983 Porsche 911SC Share article facebook twitter google pinterest The Porsche 911 is without a doubt, a cool car. A vintage Porsche 911…now that’s one of the coolest. The 1970’s was the decade for the Porsche 911, within it the greatest models were manufactured. As the decade ended and they began designing the models for the end of the 70’s and start of the 80’s this success was surely considered and the pressure was on. The following excerpt from Porsche 911 Red Book 3rd Edition offers a look at the models manufactured from 1978-1983. In 1978 Porsche consolidated its 911 models, making the 3.0-liter 911 SC (a.k.a. “Super Carrera”) the standard car. It had wider rear fender flares and wheels. ATS “cookie-cutter” wheels were the standard base wheel. Porsche AG 1978-1983 911SC The new 911SC (S for Super, C for Carrera) for 1978 combined the previous year’s 911S and Carrera models into one basic 911, with coupe and Targa variations, that had the 3.0-liter engine, wider rear fender flares and wheels, and other features first seen in the previous Carrera. The rear quarter windows became fixed on all models. Standard equipment were 6J × 15 front and 7J × 15 rear wheels with 185/70VR15 front tires and 215/60VR15 rear tires. Optional were 16-inch wheels (6J front, 7J rear) with 205/55VR and 225/50VR tires, front to rear. The previous Carrera’s anti-roll bars, 20-millimeter front/18-millimeter rear, also became standard on the SC. All 911SC models worldwide came equipped with power brakes. Porsche fitted air injection pumps to all SC 3.0-liter engines, which had six variations to meet the regulations of various countries. All developed 180 horsepower. US models came with catalytic converters enabling them to run unleaded gas. The 11-blade cooling fan returned. Contact points disappeared from the ignition system. A rubber-centered clutch disc also debuted. The Sportomatic became a special-order option. The Turbo engine was bored and stroked to 3.3 liters and fitted with an intercooler. A new rear wing was designed to accommodate the intercooler. The Turbo also got a 917-style brake system featuring cross-drilled vented discs and four-piston alloy calipers. The 911SC US price was $19,500; Targa, $20,775. The Turbo price was $36,700. 1979: No major changes from the 1978 SC and Turbo models. The previous year’s Sportomatic was offered. Option prices were power windows, $300; alloy wheels, $1,230; cruise control, $270; power sunroof, $795; sport seats, $330; leather seats, $680; full leather interior, $1,450; front & rear spoilers, $650; and AM/FM stereo with cassette, $500. 1980: US models became “50-state” cars, receiving oxygen sensors (Lambda sonde) and threeway catalytic converters to battle emissions. All models were equipped with reinforced, heavier lower valve covers. In the United States, air conditioning, power windows, black window trim, and a leather-covered, 380-millimeter, three-spoke steering wheel became standard equipment. US cars were also outfitted with 85-mile-per-hour speedometers. The Turbo received a dual-outlet exhaust and new tube-style oil cooler but was dropped from the US, Canada, and Japan model lineup. A Sportomatic transmission was no longer offered. An optional alarm system became available for the first time from the factory. The Weissach limited-edition 911SC model was offered in the United States, featuring special exterior and interior colors, larger wheels, and spoilers. The base 911SC coupe cost $27,700; the Targa, $29,150. 1981: 911SC models reverted back to steel-spring clutches after problems with rubber-centered units. Porsche improved the K-Jetronic fuel injection with a cold-start injector spray to prevent air box damage due to backfires. The factory also upgraded the braided fuel lines to seamless, stainless-steel lines. An engine compartment light was added as standard equipment. The Turbo was available again in Canada. The first slant-nose Turbo, 932BX000619, rolled out on July 16, 1981, from the restoration shop at Zuffenhausen. This special-order conversion (Sonderwunschen) became an official option (M506) for the 1987 model year. 1982: An alternator with an internal voltage regulator and 1,050-watt output was added to all models. The Turbo (tea tray) rear spoiler became an option for the SC. Standard alloy wheels on the SC came with black-painted center sections. The “Ferry Porsche” limited edition model was offered for sale. Option codes, by “M” number, were listed on the vehicle ID plate. 1983: US ride heights came back in line with the rest of the world. Starting in 1975, to comply with federal 5-mile-per-hour bumper laws, US-bound cars had been raised on their suspensions 9–15 millimeters in front, and 21–25 millimeters in the rear. All models were equipped with 160-mile-per-hour speedometers. A Cabriolet model debuted with a manual top and zippered plastic rear window. Leather seats and dual heated, electrically operated external rear view mirrors were also standard on the Cabriolet. A heated glass rear window was optional for the Cabriolet. The Turbo (still not available in the United States and Japan) received a new exhaust system. The US 911SC Cabriolet base price was $34,450. A 911SC Targa was $31,450, and the coupe sold for $29,950. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Take hold of the ultimate reference resource on one of the world’s most loved and respected sports cars. Porsche’s 911, one of the most iconic sports cars in the world, is also one of the most sought-after collectible sports cars. Potential buyers, collectors, historians, and armchair enthusiasts crave all the details that, in sum, make up the 911’s DNA. Porsche 911 Red Book provides all of the critical information enthusiasts need and offers it in a convenient, portable package that can be carried to concours, auctions, club events, or anywhere that quick reference to accurate data is required. From the first 911 of 1964 to today’s technologically advanced, class-leading sports car, Porsche 911 Red Book offers all the data and detail desired by 911 fans. It provides an in-depth look at all the 911 versions including the Turbos, GT cars, and the limited-production specials that have collectively forged the 911 legend over the past 50-plus years. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.