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?
     
  3. 14 Oct 2018 at 9:40 AM #3
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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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  4. 14 Oct 2018 at 5:02 PM #4
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  5. 14 Oct 2018 at 5:16 PM #5
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    Totally agree with this. The 915 gearbox in that vintage of 911 is just a horrible thing.
     
  6. 15 Oct 2018 at 12:22 PM #6
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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
     
  7. 16 Oct 2018 at 9:28 AM #7
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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,
     
  9. 16 Oct 2018 at 6:41 PM #9
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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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  12. 17 Oct 2018 at 11:54 AM #12
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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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    Ive had 3 early 911s. The first was a lovely 1980 SC in black metalic. I restored it after it had been vandalised and set alight in shoreditch ! Set up well, it was simply epic through the lanes, a drivers car par excellence!
    But i was always wanting more power. Sold it foolishly in 04 for circa £6,000 .
    The next one was a lovely 86 3.2 Carrera, in guards red ( hated the colour ) this one was simply superb, it was a quick one, would hold off a 225 TT and an S2000.
    Stupidly sold it in summer 06 due to divorce.
    Bought my first Griff 500 a lovely 96 model in Aug 07. Stupidly sold it in April 08 via a wanker of a dealer, for £10,200 because i wanted another 911. I bought an 88 3.2 in Baltic blue / blue for £11,200. It was a nice car, but had been neglected. A week after buying it, it started to smoke. I did go through it though and it was a well sorted car within six weeks ( but didnt rebuild the top end )
    Life went tits up for me in 08 and
    I suffered a nervous breakdown.
    I sold the bloody 3.2 to a trader ( E porshe ) for just £10,400 quid . But he missed the plumes of exhaust smoke !!
    If anyone is thinking of taking the plunge, get it inspected!
    We can inspect any classic car or bike for you !
    Please PM us.
     
  14. 28 Nov 2018 at 12:07 PM #14
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    What did you think of the Griff in comparison to the 911? I have my first TVR a Chimaera 500 and love it and cannot imagine selling it
     
  15. 28 Nov 2018 at 1:12 PM #15
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    Hi, the first Griff an early 95 500, was an annimal, nothing i came up against would touch it to 100. But that was 07 and eary 08. Stupidly sold it to a German, who worked for Porshe in quality control @ Stutgart!
    Still miss that car So badly!!
    We bought another Griff a 98, in early 2010. This one was Steve Heaths ( The Bible ) car. He “tweaked” it and with a dynod 300hp and 1,060 kgs its shatteringly quick. I ride SuperBikes, but the Griff always makes me say to myself “ god, this thing is Quick” whenever i boot it. The slow throttle response and gear change does mean that it has to be “ on cam” when the throttle is buried!
    Both cars have PAS, which is essential, even though its not a good system.
    We bought in a lovely, low miles black 96 Chimp 500 a couple of years ago.
    A non PAS car, jumping in it from the Griff, the Chimps extra weight was imeadiatly obvious. The lack of power steering was also dire. It was a std one, on cats still, so it didnt feel quick.
    Personally i dont like the Chimp, the styling just leaves me cold. But once inside, i think the dash layout is slightly better / less confusing than the Griffs.
    We have a customers Chimp in soon for new shocks, engine mounts, wish bones, etc etc. So if you need any work doing, let us know!
    Also check your engine mounts, they commonly split and allow the engine to drop.
    What year Is your one ?
     
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    Its a 96 500 with a Clive y piece and no cats. It has the PAS which I did want before buying. I like the slow throttle response and gearchange as a contrast to my M3 theres a certain satisfaction to it coupled with the meaty engine note.
    I'm surprised the Chimp felt heavier as they're both the same weight aren't they 1060kg?

    Where is your garage?
     
  17. 15 Dec 2018 at 1:15 PM #17
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    The weight distribution is different Griff v Chimp.

    PAS is essential on these cars. The non PAS cars steering is very slow and has zilch feed back.
    The PAS set up is also poor, but being lighter, it gives one more chance of “ catching it” when the rear does lets go. These cars Do Not take prisoners, one cant relax for a second, they bite Badly....
     
  18. 15 Dec 2018 at 3:20 PM #18
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    thanks everyone, so the 911 is not for me, i'm going to have a look at an Atom early next year
     
  19. 16 Dec 2018 at 10:04 PM #19
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    Wow..a bit night and day in comparison .
     
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