A ‘modern classic’ if ever there was one, Porsche’s long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356. The latter’s rear-engine layout was retained, but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the bodyshell and dropped the 356’s VW-based suspension in favour of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. In its first incarnation, Porsche’s single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat six displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp; progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3 litres and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower.
Porsche’s first take on a 911 convertible had been the Targa model of 1965, a ‘halfway house’ design chosen because of fears that a genuine soft-top would not meet US Federal safety regulations, but by 1981 the company felt able to proceed with the genuine article. Introduced in normally aspirated 3.0-litre form in 1982, the 911 Cabriolet lost little, if any, rigidity with the deletion of the Targa roll-over bar, while its speedily raised/lowered top featured a detachable, zip-fastened rear window. Introducing a ‘proper’ soft-top proved to be a shrewd move by Porsche, as sales immediately exceed those of the Targa version.
Finished in the very 1980s shade of Grand Prix white with a black leather interior, this fantastic and rare early 911 Cabriolet was first registered in the summer of 1983, the last year of production for the SC model, and also the first for the new cabriolet format. More recently the 911 has been part of a larger collection, which has now been reduced hence the Porsche becoming available on the market.
We understand the engine had benefited from an overhaul, and with just 90,000 kilometres recorded is ready to be enjoyed right away. This lovely 911 is offered with a US (California) title, clean Carfax report, and with European taxes paid.