A​ 911 never dies

Another Porsche 911 with over 200'000 km on the odo. This SC from 1984 is the living proof that 911s can do everything anywhere.

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Another Porsche 911 with over 200'000 km on the odo. This SC from 1984 is the living proof that 911s can do everything anywhere.

You probably heard this a lot, but Porsche 911s are probably the most reliable sports cars ever made. We’ve seen 911s in the desert, in the mountains and in basically every other hostile environment. They always seem to perform well and be issues-free, which is pretty staggering considering that 911s are sports cars engineered to perform well on tracks. Could you imagine travelling 200’000 km with a Ferrari, or a Lamborghini without having any problems? It’s unfortunately hardly conceivable. So why is the 911 any different?

Here’s a 1984 Porsche 911 SC and a couple of years ago, it undertook a road trip from Switzerland to the Chinese border, and you guessed it, the SC never had any issues. No oil leaks, no engine failures and not even a tire puncture. This comes to the fact that the Porsche 911 has been beautifully engineered, and when there are hardly any problems, these issues are rather easy to work on. However, not all 911s have had their fair share of reliability. In the 90’s, in addition to divisive looks, the Porsche 911 996 had IMS failures that could cause engine blows. But there is no doubt that 911s like this SC are undeniably reliable.

The 911 SC, for Super Carrera, came out in 1978 and was supposed to be the last ever 911. Indeed, Porsche had plans to kill their iconic model with their new 928 flagship. Yet, 911 sales were so high, that Porsche he kept it going. In total, 58'914 SCs were produced. This particular car must have been one of the latest SCs to come out of the factory in 1984.

Could you imagine travelling 200’000 km with a Ferrari, or a Lamborghini without having any problems?

J​onathan Yarden

W​hen this car was introduced, the watchword was durability. Porsche started using aluminum again for their engines instead of magnesium to improve reliability. The car had mechanical fuel injection and was equipped with a contemporary 5-speed manual gearbox that still works marvellously today. There also was a 3-speed Sportomatic gearbox for the lazy ones. The SC first came out with a 3.0-litres flat six that made 180 PS. Through the years, it increased up to 204 PS which is a reasonable amount of power for a car that weighs 1'235 KG. The 911 SC could reach a top speed of 240 km/h and go from 0 to 100 km/h in only 5.9 seconds. Remember, this is 1984. The Super Carrera was really important for Porsche as it brought back the the genuine cabriolet body. Indeed, it has been nearly 20 years since the last fully opened Porsche. Now, people had the choice between Targa, Coupé and Cabriolet. In terms of looks, the SC did not change a lot compared to its predecessor. The window frames and door handles went from chrome to anodized black for later SCs and the outer headlight rings were painted in the same colour as the body. Therefore, it wasn't a great revolution in terms of design, maybe that's why it sold so well.

A​ll in all, we were very impressed by the SC. It's a true 911 that offers a lot of emotions while being very durable. Obviously, you get this typical flat-six engine note which is particularly epic once you hit the 6'300 rpm limit. It is way easier to drive than any other car from the same era and the prices are not too shabby. This particular car was priced at $50'000, which is still acceptable for a classic Porsche. We really liked the original silver colour matched to the original dark purple "Pasha" fabric interior. It just screams old school and it's a nice nod to the past. Obviously, the car is not perfect, even with 204 PS engine, the car feels a tad underpowered, the looks are very conservative for a car from the 80's and it doesn't have the aura of some other 911s like the 3.0 Carrera. Yet, for a limited amount of money the 911 SC is one of the purest air-cooled experience you can get.

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I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/

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Comments (30)

  • My 1999 Porsche 911 C4 is still in tip top shape with over 391,000KM. Daily driver - winter, spring, summer and fall.

      1 year ago
  • A 911 shall never die

      1 year ago
  • I’ve always respected Porsche’s simple brilliance of making evolutionary changes to the 911 platform and resisting wholesale, revolutionary re-do’s. By choosing to evolve the 911, they have insured that 911 and “timeless” will always be synonymous. The antithesis of this approach is found in the 3-4-5 SL’s which were rendered aesthetically obsolete by the next iteration.

      1 year ago
  • Such a cool looking car ! Love that !

      1 year ago
  • Crikey! My 2000 carrera 2 has had no end of problems since I bought it on 62000 miles: Cracked cylinder head, failed lambda sensor, split silencers, front wheel bearing, the list goes on. But I’ll admit that hearing the howl of that boxer 6 makes me happy every time. Well done, your story inspires confidence in the M96 engine. May 2020 be a fault free year!

      1 year ago
    • Hey Guy! thanks for the comment. Sorry to hear that you have had many issues with your 911. Usually, once it is fixed you're good to go! Let's hope it goes on like this.

        1 year ago