East Coaster of the Day: 1978 Porsche 911SC (Super Carrera)
The Porsche 911 is an iconic car in the automotive world. Dating back to 1964, the 911 is one of the oldest sports coupé nameplates still in production today.
In 1999, it came fifth in a global poll to determine the Car of the Century. It was surpassed only by the Volkswagen Beetle, the Citroën DS, the Mini, and Ford’s Model T, in the number one position.
So, when you spot a 1978 911SC (Super Carrera), you certainly take notice.
Considered a classic by Porsche aficionados, the Porsche 911SC is a predecessor to the 911 Carrera that we all know today. Only 58,914 SC models were sold, so this mint edition, spotted in Chester, Nova Scotia, is pretty special.
The 3.0-litre aluminum six-cylinder engine with a five-speed transmission makes 180 horsepower.
Other features specific to the 911SC were chrome-plated front headlights and 15-inch cast-aluminum wheels. The power adjustable body-coloured mirrors were probably the fanciest of features back in the day.
The classic whale tale (rear spoiler), meant to provide more downforce and increase grip and stability, harkens back a few years to the first Porsche 911 Turbo, which debuted in 1975. The ‘Whale Tail’ was one of the fastest production cars of the 1970s.
The shy owner of this 911SC, who did not want to be named, told us mostly everything is original parts. He and his wife enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of Chester and Nova Scotia from behind the wheel, including a stop, of course, at Chester’s famous Kiwi Café.