My Ten Favorite Porsche 911s

Don Sherman
Paul Barshon A. J. Mueller Richard Newton Martyn Goddard Glenn Paulina

III: 1981 SC Targa

1981 911SC Targa: I can already hear the debate beginning to rage: Why the 1981 to 1983 model . . . why not the much more complete 1984 to 1989 Carrera 3.2? Why the stupid Targa and not the classic coupe? Because. The SC featured the most evolutionary, 180-hp (204 hp in Europe) version of the normally aspirated 3.0-liter flat-six and was the last truly affordable 911 before American-educated president and CEO Peter W. Schutz stepped in and added $20,000 to the price in five years. And because Porsche's controversial targa body style is such an interesting conceptual failure. A functional oddity, the Targa is neither pretty nor practical, but it was the car in which my wife Raphaela announced to me that she was pregnant with our first son, so we took the roof off and drove into the sunset, vexed with emotion. I tried to buy that particular blue metallic car from the press fleet but couldn't afford it, so Sebastian's first ride in a Porsche owned by his father took place in a rather more humble 924 Turbo.

911SC Targa
U.S. Model years: 1981-1983
Engine: 3.0L flat-6, 180 hp, 175 lb-ft
Transmission: 5-speed manual
0-62 mph: 6.8 sec
Top speed: 147 mph
Weight: 2560 lb
Production: 5143/9837 (U.S./total)
Original price: $29,815 (1981)

Walter Röhrl | By Jason Cammisa

Walter Röhrl is a living legend among rally drivers. Although he won World Rally Championship titles (in 1980 and again in 1982), Röhrl has said that it was never his intention to be on top - his only motivation was to win the legendary Monte Carlo Rally, which he did, four times, each time in a car from a different manufacturer. Most impressive, however, was how Röhrl utterly dominated the sport even when his chariot was, on paper, vastly inferior to those of his competitors. Today, automotive inferiority is no longer a problem, as the sixty-two-year-old now works as Porsche's factory test driver. He's often present on press trips, where he's always happy to give journalists very fast, very sideways fun runs - but his real job is to set scorching lap records around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. And his daily driver is the 911 Turbo that's on his personal top-ten list.

Röhrl's Favorite 911s
1967 911S
1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7
1989 911 Carrera 3.2
1990 964 Carrera 4
1991 964 Carrera RS 3.6
1993 964 Turbo 3.6
1995 993 Carrera RS 3.8
2008 997 GT3
2010 997 Turbo
2010 997 GT3 RS

My favorite 911? Any one that doesn't need to visit my mechanic to fund his kid's post-graduate education.
My favourite 911 derivative: the Cayenne. *smirk*

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