Should I? 1979, 911 SC 3.0

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  1. 14 Oct 2018 at 8:10 AM #1
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    I’d like to go classic and found a restoration project 911, engine and gearbox done just needs trim and tidying, took it for a test drive and was not blown away

    When compared to my e92 M3, the 911 just does not feel quick - I think I have answered my own question
     
  2. 14 Oct 2018 at 8:21 AM #2
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    Chalk and cheese. Depends what you want from a car/project.

    Personally i would go for it but does that mean selling your M3 to fund it?
     
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    They are very slow by today’s standards, they were quick back in the day.
    Don’t buy it a performance car, buy it to love and cherish and for summer days out and it won’t loose any value.
     
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    Totally agree with this. The 915 gearbox in that vintage of 911 is just a horrible thing.
     
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    I'd love the old 911 I bet as a keeper it would hold your interest longer. Less capable but more analogue in the way it delivers its fun
     
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    As it has been stated above you can't really compare an SC to your M3 as they are so different and that's before you take into account the years between them. The 911 is a fantastic piece of kit but like most cars depending on how it has been maintained that will make a huge difference to how they drive, handle, perform etc-The 915 gearbox is a great example of how rubbish they can be if in need of a rebuild but again if this been done they are more than fine and really suit the cars character however you do still need to work at it. The last bit of advice would be check and double check for rust! 911's love to rust and they can do this everywhere especially around the notorious kidney bowl areas-Check out the Porsche IB forum for lot's of help and advice. Good luck if you decide to go ahead as they are truly fantastic cars!
     
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    I had a 1983 white SC with red/maroon leather back in the day, a quality car, well built and fun to drive

    I sold it to a guy who knocked at my door having seen the car on the drive, we kept in touch but shortly after I sold it the head studs stripped from the block, ouch, a common fault apparently but something I wasnt aware of, he didnt hold it against me.

    I wish I owned it now, hindsight is always great,
     
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    An iconic car and a must have for the true petrolhead
     
  10. 16 Oct 2018 at 10:58 PM #10
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    Well said:)
     
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    OP,

    If you fancy the "classic" car route you're going to, in 99.99% of cases, have to forget about getting your thrills through outright speed.
    It becomes more of a case of going by how a car makes you feel. That is virtually impossible to put into words tbh, get in the right car and you'll know immediately.
    Personally I got bored with chasing "speed" per se, for me modern cars just seem so lacking in character and whether they're any good or not seems to depend on how fast they are around the Ring.
    Like you said in your post, finding it slower than your current car answers your own question.
    The right time to buy one will be when you have a test drive and how fast it goes doesn't come particularly high on the priority list. You have to buy them for what they are.
     
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    Very wise words ....that just sums it up perfectly, the Current cars are great at what they put out in performance wise ....but a lot of these have no driver appeal at all ....where’s the true iconic cars of the past has all the characters one wish for in spades .
     

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