For the second consecutive year, Porsche Classic is hosting its nationwide Restoration Challenge, inviting dealerships to return a beloved Porsche sports car from the 1950s to 2000s to its original glory. Participating dealers will acquire a car that requires some expert technical attention and oversee the progress of the vehicle as it undergoes restoration in the most talented hands possible – Porsche-trained technicians who will have a portfolio of more than 60,000 unique Porsche Classic Genuine Parts at their disposal. Over 60 dealers are expected to participate in the 2022 edition of the Challenge, a 50% increase in year-over-year involvement.
“The mission of Porsche Classic and our dealer partners is to go above and beyond every day to keep vintage cars on the road and driving just as well as the moment they left the factory,” said Jonathan Sieber, Manager Porsche Classic with Porsche Cars North America. “With the Restoration Challenge, dealers and service teams are able to showcase their skills and capabilities while revitalizing these dream machines. Our inaugural competition in 2021 produced some truly stunning examples of classic Porsche sports cars, and we expect even more from our participants this year.”
Produced between 1978 and 1983, the Porsche 911 SC represents a key turning point in the storied history of the 911. “SC” stands for Super Carrera, a variant of the 911 that was powered by a 172-horsepower air-cooled 3.0-liter flat-six aluminum engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. At the time, Porsche found itself at a crossroads between the aging 911 and the recently-released 928. The 911 SC was initially intended to be a swan song variant, marking the final chapter of the storied 911. However, the robust sales of the 911 SC eventually swayed Porsche executives to continue producing the 911 beyond the 1983 model year. The rest is history.
The perfect candidate for the Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge, this special 1982 911 SC has an especially unique backstory. It was first sold to its original owner by Jim Haynes, current Dealer Principal for Blue Grass MOTORSPORT. At the time, Blue Grass consisted of a single Lincoln-Mercury franchise. However, Jim purchased the vehicle from the local Louisville Porsche dealer, before he had his own franchise, on behalf of the original owner after he could not reach agreeable terms with the local Porsche dealership.
Dr. Goddy thoroughly enjoyed this vehicle for over 3 decades, driving his 911 SC to Car Clinics across Kentucky and Indiana. He often referred to a “therapeutic” drive on his commute to and from work in his “Little Black Car”. Equipped with an iconic 3.0-liter flat-six air-cooled engine, rear-wheel drive, and 5-speed manual transmission – this 1982 Porsche 911 SC is now ready to begin the next chapter of its life.
The Restoration team sends the 911 to Orlando, Florida to have the body “cleaned” through the use of a dry-ice process. Ryan and Jim contact the shop to get an update on how it’s going and realize it may take longer than they originally thought.
With the metal body of the vehicle still in Florida, the team invites Porsche Concours judge Alec Van Ryan to the shop to collect samples of the 911 SC original interior so they can find replacement interior components to match the original.
Dealer Principal, Jim Haynes, talks with Shawn Collier and Ryan Utke who are leading the mechanical restoration, and how Porsche Classic supports the project through parts availability, as well as involvement in the restoration challenge.
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