Monday, April 16, 2012

San Jose Street Sighting - 1980 Porsche 911SC

I'm a major sucker for the 1980s Porsche 911. Nobody does crazy as conservatively as ze Germans, and the world is all the better for it. The 911 is a formula that shouldn't work. The engine's in the back, the handling can be tricky, and Jeremy Clarkson hates them with a passion. And in the right color, with Fuchs wheels and a whale tail spoiler, you might have a hard time finding a better looking 1980s sports car.

Well-heeled driving enthusiasts of the day would of course opt for the 930 Turbo, but the mid-range 911SC was still a fine choice. The SC came with a naturally aspirated 3.0 liter flat six and narrower fenders than the wild 930 Turbo. With a lower power output but no turbo lag, the SC sounds like a sports car the average driver can enjoy without oversteering into a ditch. And even today it looks great while still delivering that trademark Porsche exhaust note. I don't know how many of these sporty coupes arrived on our shores in this fetching light blue (Minerva Blue?) with matching Fuchs wheels, but that color combination was an important factor in my decision to photograph this example. I'd seen it many times, but it was usually garaged. Seeing it parked on the street made me a happy camper. You aren't likely to see very many Porsches here on California Streets, but I'm proud to feature this one.

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