1983 Porsche 911 SC Cabriolet


1983 Porsche 911 SC Cabriolet

After producing no convertibles for 18 years, Porsche launched the 911 SC Cabrio in the spring 1983. The top made extensive use of metal plates and fixed components to maintain rigidity at high speeds and offer some rollover protection. When first offered to North America, Road & Track listed a price of $34,450. Available options included $1,905 leather seats, $795 Monterey stereo and $1,850 16-inch forged wheels with Pirelli P7s.1

Road & Track also found that the Cabriolet was only marginally slower than the Coupe, taking 7.0 seconds to reach 60 mph instead of the Coupe’s 6.7.

Sources & Further Reading

Lamm, John. Porsche 911 Cabrio.Road & Track. February 1983.

1983 Porsche 911 SC Cabriolet

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at Stuttgart, Germany
price $ $ 34,450
engine Air-Cooled Flat-6
position Rear, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
fuel feed Bosch K-Jetronic Electronic Injection
displacement 2994 cc / 182.7 in³
bore 95 mm / 3.74 in
stroke 70.4 mm / 2.77 in
compression 9.8:1
power 152.1 kw / 204.0 bhp @ 5900 rpm
specific output 68.14 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 74.18 bhp per tonne
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheels Rear Engine / RWD
front brakes Ventilated Discs w/Vacuum Assist
rear brakes Ventilated Discs w/Vacuum Assist
f suspension MacPherson Struts w/Torsion Bars, Tube Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Semi-Trailing Arms w/Torsion Bars, Tube Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 2750 kg / 6064 lbs
weight distro 42 % / 58 %
wheelbase 2273 mm / 89.5 in
front track 1369 mm / 53.9 in
rear track 1379 mm / 54.3 in
length 4291 mm / 168.9 in
width 1651 mm / 65 in
height 1311 mm / 51.6 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.18:1, 1.83:1, 1.26:1, 1.00:1, 0.82:1
top speed ~235 kph / 146.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~7.0 seconds
fuel econ epa 10.01 L/100 km or 23.5 mpg-us