Porsche 911 SC/RS – Inventory Story
Written by: Cam Ingram | Photography by: Brian Rozar
The unassuming 911RS with true Motorsports pedigree:
Back in February, the Porsche Museum launched a YouTube video that covered the top five rarest factory models ever produced. In the video, Dieter Landenberger, manager of Porsche’s historical archives establishes the usual suspects of rare and limited production street legal models from Stuttgart. Towards the end of the video, Mr. Landenberger proceeds to pull the cover off of a very unassuming white 911 that looks much like a Porsche turbo, at first glance. In somewhat dramatic fashion, the first limited production 911 specifically built for Rally Sport is introduced to the world as the second rarest factory model in the eyes of experts at Porsche AG.
A true homologation special:
In 1984, the Porsche Motorsports department in Weissach built 20 examples of the SC/RS to satisfy the FIA’s Group B competition homologation rules.The SC/RS borrowed freely from the 911 RS/RSR lightweight construction methods from a decade earlier. Typical deletion of standard street parts and the addition of factory lightweight items helped produce an 911 with a curb weight of 2160 Ibs. That is approximately 1,000 pounds lighter than the 911SC street car at a price of $72,000 in 1984. Due to the extreme lightweight nature of the SC/RS, the 290 hp engine propelled the 911 to a record 0-60 time of 4.0 seconds, as tested in 1984 by Automotor magazine in Germany. Impressive facts and numbers no matter which generation of Porsche is up for debate.
An exercise in power to weight ratio:
- Rear seats
- Power window system
- Radio, speakers and SC heating system
- Hood springs and brackets
- Heat exchangers
- Glove box door
- Door pockets
FIA “Gruppe B” Porsche rally substitution SCRS parts:
- Lightweight body shell
- Aluminum hood, rear engine deck lid, door panels, and front hood prop.
- Aluminum six point “Matter” safety roll cage with removable door bars.
- Type 935 Recaro Racing seats
- “Glaverbal” lightweight glass
- Fibreglass/Kevlar front and rear bumpers
- Front aluminum skid plate (bolt on)
- Rear aluminum skid plate (bolt on)
- Full belly pan
- Fabricated aluminum gas heater protective cover
- Factory 3 point rally seat belt passenger side, 5 point racing belts on driver’s side
- FIA rear wheel gravel guards
- Factory front tower strut brace
- 80 liter fuel tank with mini-spare inclusion
- 917/930 turbo derived brakes
- RSR type hand fabricated exhaust system
- 7 & 8′ Alloy Fuchs road wheels
- Adjustable Bilstein struts plue coil-overs
- Front brake cold air system
- Hydraulic hand brake system with control valve
- Eberspacher gasoline heater
- 180 MPH (300 km/hr) speedometer
- External & internal “battery off” master switches
- Pair of “Oscar” hood- mounted rally lights (optional)
- Turbo 930 rear wing
- Heavy duty torsion and anti-sway bars
- 3.0 liter 290 hp engine with 10.3:1 compression with Bosh/Kugelfisher mechanical injection and dry-sump lubrication
- Engine oil cooler system
- Custom rally air cleaner system with central port conical filter housing
- 915/71 Transaxle with cooler, RSR clutch, close ratio gears and 40% limited slip deferential
The Matsuda Collection SC/RS VIN# 018
Rothmans team car SC/RS VIN# 008
SC/RS VIN# 0018 Competition history:
April 1984: Circuit of Ireland Rally, Ireland. Henri Toivonen, DNF.
June 1984: Ypres 24-Hour Rally, Belgium. Toivonen again, first overall.
August 1984: Madeira Rally, Portugal. Toivonen again, first overall.
September 1984: Manx International Rally, Great Britain. Juha Kankkunen, DNF.
April 1985: Cyprus Rally. Saeed Al Hajiri, DNF.
July 1985: Jordan Rally. Al Hajiri again, first overall.
June 1986: Acropolis Rally, Greece. Al Hajiri again, fourth overall.
July 1986: 1000 Pistes rally, France. Al Hajiri again, DNF.
August 1986: Limburgia Rally, Netherlands. Al Hajiri again, third overall.
December 1986: Dubai Rally. Al Hajiri again, DNF
February 1987: Qatar International Rally. Al Hajiri again, first overall.
March 1987: Kuwait Rally. Al Hajiri again, first overall.
April 1987: Jordan Rally. Al Hajiri again, second overall.
Oman Rally/Middle East Championship Saeed Al Hajri 2nd
Dubai Rally/Middle East Championship Saeed Al Hajri retired