Silver 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI

Description from the seller:

No need for a long introduction. By now, every Porsche enthusiast knows how rare and special these cars are! This Carrera has been delivered new to Italy in January 1974, where it was sold in Bologna to its first of four total owners. 100% matching number car, with original color combination, silver metallic over leatherette and shetland-twill blue/black. Options: limited slip differential and Koni shock absorbers. The car has only traveled 106k kilometers (66k miles) from new, certified by official Porsche invoices.

It comes with its original tool bag, jack, compressor, spare wheel, books and user’s guide, certificate of authenticity from Porsche, double keys and original date stamped Fuchs wheels 6 and 7 x15. Even the instruments have been verified to be date stamped correctly.

After a first slight restoration in the 90’s (documented with photos), the car just benefitted from a preservative restoration, keeping the car as original as possible. There are still traces of the original under coating visible. The Bosch injection pump, original discs, calipers, suspensions, arms, gearbox, stainless steel exhaust, everything is still original.

The car needs absolutely nothing! Perfect paint, interior new by Tappezzeria Ferraresi, mechanical and electrical totally dismounted and serviced. The engine has been completely rebuilt less than 5000 kms (3100 miles) ago. The restoration is fully documented; moreover the car comes with all service invoices from official Porsche dealers since 1991.

Offered for 245,000 EUR (approx. $275,000 USD).

1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI @ Rétromobile

Description from the auction house:

Chassis n° 9116609116
Engine n° 6668129

Come 1974 and the 911 got the 2.7 litre engine. At the same time, to satisfy the requirements of the American market, it got the new thicker impact bumpers and was designated the G Model. Depending on the version, the power goes from 150 to 210hp.

This Carrera, the most sporting variant, has the 911/83 engine with the Bosch MFI mechanical fuel injection from the 1973 Carrera RS. 1633 coupes were built, which makes it a low production model in Porsche terms. In 1976 a final series of about 113 cars ending in chassis 9116609123 would be built for the German home market with a galvanized body. Some historians call this mini series a Sondermodell (German for a special model). This makes it a certainly a collector's car and makes it possible to own an original 911 without restoring the bodywork.

Its original Fahrzeugbrief shows that it was bought new in July 1976 by Hans Karmann. Two more German owners followed, Gerhard Gottwick in October 1976 and Wolfgang Utsch in January 1982. In September 1983 Daniel Brouillon bought the car and imported it to France. Four more French owners were to follow (La Galle, Cazaux, Mootgat) and finally Labat acquired the car in June 2005. The car's history records the car's ownership and includes a comprehensive file of invoices from the reputed workshops of Almeras and Sonauto, covering the years from 1983 to 1993, a period during which the car was meticulously maintained and its engine and gearbox were rebuilt. A 911 3.2L oil cooler was fitted to improve engine cooling under normal road conditions. A well known establishment, Joffroy Automobile in Arles, has just serviced the car and fitted a new DHKZ ignition system. We have a very comprehensive service history for the car from 2005 to date.

The car has recently been resprayed in black (colour reference 700-9-2) and presents well. The door fits are excellent, sign that the body shell is sound and probably has never needed stripping. It seems the right time to remember that this car is one of the very last of this series in a production run of some 113 coupes and has the advantage of the hot dipped galvanized body. The interior is in excellent original condition with the original navy blue carpets and those tartan seats so typical of the period. Incidentally the car has two optional extras, which were rare at the time: an electrically operated driver's rear view mirror and a wiper fitted to the rear windscreen. Its excellent condition earned it an article in Flat Six in 2005. With 30,458 km on the clock and its detailed history of meticulous maintenance, we can offer this car in an ultra rare state of originality, which is not surprising when you take into account its history and the fact that it had that hot dip galvanizing at the factory.

Auction house estimate €220,000–€260,000 (approx. $240,000 – $284,000)

Carrera 2.7 Book – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all the Carrera 2.7 MFI enthusiasts who have been enjoying the Carrera 2.7 book around the world! I wanted to share a few quick highlights:

  • Total 911 magazine just listed the Carrera 2.7 book in the number 1 spot on their 2016 'MUST READ' Porsche book list;
  • The blue Limited Edition is out-of-stock in North American but will start shipping again in late January;
  • Under 20 red Publisher's Editions are left worldwide before the book is completely sold out

Total 911 Magazine's 2016 'MUST READ' book list

Total 911 magazine just listed the Carrera 2.7 book in the number one spot on their 2016 "MUST READ" list of books with the following quick summary: "This limited edition tome, of which 2,500 numbered copies have been printed, tells the complete story of the Carrera 2.7, a car relatively unknown compared to its similar-engined RS predecessor. Expertly researched and written by Ryan Snodgrass, this comprehensive compendium gives Carrera 2.7 fans and owners all the information they will ever need."

Shipping Update

December was a big month as almost all pre-orders were fulfilled and some even appeared under a Christmas tree or two. We have been out of stock on the blue Carrera 2.7: Limited Edition since mid-December with more expected to arrive in mid-to-late January. If you ordered since December 1st and haven't received your book, expect it to arrive late in January. Thanks for your patience!

As of this evening, less than 20 copies of the red Carrera 2.7: Publisher's Edition are left until it is permanently sold out worldwide. If you wanted a copy for your Porsche book collection, do not delay!

1974 Carrera @ RM Scottsdale Auctions

At RM Sotheby's Scottsdale auction on Friday, January 29th this Grand-Prix White 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI is being sold.

Description from the seller:

210 bhp, 2,681 cc SOHC air-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars, McPherson struts, and an anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with torsion bars, trailing arms, tubular shock absorbers, and an anti-roll bar, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in.

  • One of 1,036 European-specification 1974 Carrera Coupes
  • Matching-numbers example
  • Fully restored in an attractive color combination
  • Includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

The surprisingly successful Carrera RS of 1973 so impressed the buying public that Porsche knew it had to continue the theme with its next series of production sports coupes, the G-Series of 1974–77, which incorporated a new and stronger chassis with crash-resistant bumpers to meet US requirements. Economic realities meant that Porsche had to incorporate those physical changes into all its new 911s, so even ROW or “Rest of the World” models incorporated impact bumpers and reinforced door panels. Europe and other non-US markets, however, did enjoy the advantage of retaining the brilliant 210–brake horsepower 2.7-liter engine of the ’73 RS.

This beautiful Grand Prix White over black 1974 Euro-spec Carrera is one of those fortunate models that retains the same performance, feel, and driving enjoyment as the earlier RS. It was delivered from the factory to Nordrhein of Düsseldorf on November 21, 1973, and thence to its first owner. The Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirms that this is a matching-numbers car that left the factory in Grand Prix White paint (R4) over blue-black leatherette with tweed fabric seat inserts (15). It was fitted with Koni shock absorbers and 911 S brakes with aluminum alloy calipers and optional 7J and 8J by 15-inch Fuchs forged alloy wheels mounted with Dunlop 195/70-15 and 215/60-15 tires, a package that neatly filled the flared front fenders and widened rear quarters.

According to the consignor, the car was used by its original owner as his daily driver until April of 1987, by which time it had covered 147,712 kilometers (approx. 91,875 miles). Thereafter, it was used only sparingly over the next few years, as documented by the original Abgaswerteschein (smog check logbook). The vehicle was then apparently taken off the road until 2009, when it was sold to renowned German 911 specialist Manfred Niederhof, reportedly for his personal use. The consignor notes that the car underwent a three-year cosmetic restoration by Niederhof and is powered by its freshly rebuilt, magnesium-cased, mechanically fuel-injected Type 911/83 engine, with matching-numbers rebuilt magnesium gearbox. The interior is all original, including the dashboard, and the car retains its original extras, including power windows, forged alloy wheels, and “sunroof delete.”

The consignor is familiar with the model and states that this is the best-driving example he has ever owned, and it has been used for over 2,000 kilometers of driving to such events as the Greystone Manor (2014), Palos Verdes (2014), and La Jolla (2015) Concours d’Elegance, where it was shown. It is also a multiple PCA Class and Divisional winner, including Best in Class awards in 2014 and twice in 2015.

Offered with a collection of original documentation and authenticity confirmation from the Porsche factory, as well as a full tool kit, jack, spare, factory air compressor, and trophies, this is a handsome and wonderful Euro-specification 911 Carrera MFI.

Auction house estimate $300,000–$375,000 (approx. €276,000–€322,000).

GT Spirit Model – Behind the Scenes

While we featured the Carrera 2.7 models by GT Spirit well over a year ago, I recently ran across behind the scenes photos of their production of the Salmon Metallic Carrera 2.7 model.

The GT Spirit Facebook page is filled with behind the scenes shots from producing a wide variety models, though mostly Porsche centric such as the Carrera RS 3.8, 911S Targa, 928 GTS, Carrera 2.7 RS, 964 Turbo 3.6 and Carrera 3.2 Club Sport among many others. They produced the Carrera 2.7 model in Platinum Metallic, Salmon Metallic and special one-off Green as a promotion. They also produced an orange Carrera 2.7 Targa.

'76 Carrera 2.7 MFI Sondermodell in USA

Description from the seller:

Uber Rare Carrera RS 2.7 – Number 119 of 123 made. Special non-production model, Sondermodell. Last street car Porsche ever produced with mechanical fuel injection. Same 911/83 RS mechanically fuel injected (MFI) engine that produced 210 bhp as the 1973 Carrera RS. Same weight,1075 kg, like the 1973 RS Touring. Only 11 cars known to exist in the USA. Engine rebuilt recently. No rust to be found. Matching numbers. Service records available as well as the manual(German), tools, jack/records, COA and video that was featured in Flat 6 magazine. The legend of the '73 Carrera RS lives on in the Carrera 2.7 MFI.

Offered for $275,000 (approx. €254,000).

Road Scholars Carrera 2.7 Review

Road Scholars is well known in the Porsche community for their best-of-the-best 911s and other Porsche models, as well as the monthly online Porsche magazine that they started publishing just a year ago. Their "Something Old, Something New" book review column keeps automotive book enthusiasts apprised of great books that should be on everyone's bookshelf. Randy Leffingwell published the following review of the new Carrera 2.7 book in the Road Scholars magazine's December 2015 issue:

Carrera 2.7 – The Soul of the Legendary Carrera 2.7 RS Lives on Within the Carrera 2.7 MFI

Ryan Snodgrass’s new Carrera 2.7 is the logical and meticulously researched follow-up to the Carrera RS history written by Drs Thomas Gruber and Georg Konradsheim and first published in 1992. The earlier book encompassed 911 RS Carrera models from 1972 through 1992 because the RS designation was the focus of its interest. Snodgrass follows a similarly tight discipline, examining the 2.7-liter models with mechanical fuel injection, a series that began with the 1972 model year and ended in early 1975 with some 1976 “Sondermodell” or special variation cars. These cars share a mystique in the U.S. with the ’72/’73 RS 2.7 in that Porsche did not export them to the states either – because they were identical in their specification and in their non-compliance to early emissions standards. Motivated by his desire in recent years to find a good example of one of these cars for himself, he undertook what is now a bible on the 2.7s. 

Pages are handsomely designed, and hundreds of not-seen-before black-and-white and color images share importance with diagrams or graphics or charts. Several pages show engine or chassis or body assembly as it only could have been witnessed and photographed in the early- and mid-1970s. Detailed part photos turn this book into an ultimate restoration guide as well as encyclopedic buyer’s reference. 

The photos deserve special mention because it is easy to completely lose count of how many were specially commissioned for this book. A common complaint from European readers of American-produced books on Porsche is that U.S. versions of 911s are different, which provide inaccurate references to continental readers. Snodgrass enlisted photographers not only in the U.S. but also in the U.K. and Europe to provide excellent images. What’s more, the thorough racing coverage in chapter 7 shows countless photos of these cars sideways, tricycling, or fully airborne. The captions – for all the pictures – are more than just labels and some are downright entertaining.

Magenta Carrera Magazine Article

The latest issue of Total 911 magazine #134 includes a five-page article on a Magenta 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI coupe titled "The First Impact Bumper 911." The article gives a brief overview of the Carrera 2.7 model, a driving experience and delves into the long-time owner's relationship with his Carrera.

Further, the "2015 Total 911 Photo of the Year" winner was the Magenta Carrera featured in this issue and with the title "Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 at dusk," photographed by Rob Till.